The state government has been pressurising Maratha activists to call of the morcha alleges Vinod Patil a pro-reservation activist.
After the postponement of Maratha rally scheduled to be held in Mumbai on 31st January organisers have alleged that the state government is trying to disrupt the morcha. Vinod Patil a pro-reservation activist has said that the government is taking steps to create a hurdle for organising the rally in Mumbai. Earlier, Patil had filed a petition in Supreme Court pleading for the early disposal of the plea pending in the Bombay High Court.
Members of Maratha community have been holding protest across the state demanding stringent punishment to be awarded to the accused responsible for rape of Maratha girl in Kopardi. They also have been demanding reservation in jobs and education. The protest which were supposed to be held in Diwali was postponed to later date and now it is likely to be held in Mumbai on January 31st. However activists are worried that Fadnavis government will stall the morcha.
“The state government has been pressurising us to call of the morcha. The government has failed to fullfill our demands and instead is asking us to cancel the protest which is unjustified. They are making every effort to suppress the agitation,” said Vinod Patil.
“However, we will go ahead with the agitation despite the government’s attempt to disrupt the protest. We will continue to fight for our rights despite facing stiff opposition from the government. Nobody can stop us as we have been holding peaceful demonstrations. People should come forward and support us to hold agitation,” he added.
The Maratha activists are planning to hold demonstrations at a time when the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is just round the corner. However, they might find it difficult to obtain permission for the protest as model code of conduct will be in place. The morcha called by the community in Nagpur evoked lukewarm response. Marathas comprise around 32 per cent of the state’s population.
The state leadership of the Maratha Kranti Morcha, will now meet in Mumbai on January 15 to take a final call regarding the date of the Mumbai chapter of the protests.
Political analysts feel that the elections in district councils or zilla parishads (ZPs) that are responsible for rural administration will give an indication of how the Maratha protests issue can impact politics in the state. The leaderless political morcha nonetheless have been supported by activists across all major political parties in the state.