As the House assembled for the day and Chairman Ramraje Naik Nimbalkar called question hours; the opposition leader Dhananjay Munde moved a motion under rule 289 of legislature, demanding the government to announce reservation for the Maratha Community in job as well as education field.
Maratha Kranti Morcha, which saw the participation of more than 3 lakh people, was quiet and disciplined, barring a few incidents of political party banners being torn by some participants. The community claims that more than 95 per cent members are socially and educationally backward and has sought reservation. Police too, ensured that people faced trouble and were deterred from going there. The participants were enthused about presenting their demands to the state government. Wednesday's event is being organised by the Sakal Maratha Samaj, an umbrella body of various community groups. From farmers holding placards demanding reservation and waiving of loans when in loss, the road from Byculla to Azad Maidan at CST was full of posters, placards and flags. The protesters were more on the CR than the WR line, as they came from various parts of Maharashtra.It was seen that they were trying to enter the first class women compartment as well, but were either stopped by railway police staff (RPF) or local commuters.
"A sub-committee of the state cabinet would be formed which will review the implementation of various schemes announced for the Maratha community at regular intervals and hold talks with leaders of the community from time to time", Fadnavis told the assembly.
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Ishanvi Deshmukh, a three-year-old girl, impressed the gathering with a well-memorised speech seeking reservations for the Maratha community. However, he conveniently dodged the question as to how the government could take the decision when the matter is pending at Bombay High Court. Fadnavis said he was positive about reservation, reported the Hindustan Times.
Maratha community agitators, who had gathered in Mumbai for mass agitation, expressed satisfaction over assurance given by the state government.
"The government will allocate land and give Rs 5 crore grant for setting up hostels for the students of Maratha community in all the districts of the state", Fadnavis said.
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