Mumbai, August 8: Maratha protesters will go ahead with ‘Maharashtra Bandh’ on August 9, even after Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis assured to implement the demand to give the Marathas a quota within the end of November this year. Fadnavis also agreed that the recruitment of 72,000 people that was to be done in the state will be deferred till the community does not get the reservation.
The Maratha outfits have refused to call off their protest on August 9, as they demand written undertaking from the Chief Minister and the Chief Secretary. The Maratha Kranti Morcha will lead the protest. However, the organisation urged youth agitators to refrain from taking the law into their own hands. The Bombay High Court on Tuesday scheduled the next hearing on the reservation issue on September 10.
On July 24, Maratha groups had called for a complete Maharashtra Bandh to protest against the delay by the government in taking a decision on the topic of reservation for Maratha community. The community is demanding reservation for quite some time now. The protest turned violent in certain places in Navi Mumbai, especially Koparkhairne.
The state government had taken back cases registered against people participating in the protest, except the serious cases like attacking police personnel, indulging in arsoning etc. The chief minister on July 28, also assured to convene special assembly session after the Backward Commission submit the report.