Marathas to protest outside politicians’ residences

Maratha Kranti Morcha, Pune district, has announced a dharna outside the residence ofpublic representatives from August 2 as a part of its outgoing stir for reservation.

Sachin Adhekar,president of Maratha Seva Sangh, said the outfit has planned a protest outside the residence of all 17 public representatives in Pune district, including those belonging to the Maratha community.

Adhekar said, “On Thursday, we will start our protest outside the residence ofguardian minister Girish Bapat at 8.30 am. After that, we will move towards the residence of Vandana Chavan, Rajya Sabha member of parliament and Nationalist Congress Party leader. We have made a proper schedule and the agitation will go according to that till August 9.In the afternoon, protesters will move towards the house of Dilip Kamble, minister of state for social justice.”

Meanwhile, the community also observed a peaceful bandh in Junner on Wednesday.

Earlier, on Monday, Maratha protests had turned violent in Chakan, where protestors vandalised and torched public vehicles and targeted police personnel as a mark of protest against the government, amidst heightened security in all parts of the state. The Maratha groups have also planned protests across the state from August Kranti Day, August 9.

Dhangar community to protest from September 1

On Wednesday, thousands of Dhangar community members gathered at Dudhane lawns in Karvenagar, Pune, and gave an ultimatum of 30 days to the government to explain what the reservation status of the Dhangad community is. They said that they will start an agitation from September 1 in Aurangabad if the government fails to reply.

Dhangars currently enjoy reservation under the nomadic tribe (NT) category, which is entitled to a 3.5 per cent quota. However, the community members are now demanding that their caste be included in the scheduled tribe category, which has a seven per cent quota.

First Published: Aug 02, 2018 14:33 IST

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