Maratha Kranti Morcha Rally in Mumbai Today to Back PG Medical Students' Quota Demand
File image of Maratha groups taking out a procession | (Photo Credits: PTI)

Mumbai, May 13: Members of the Maratha community in Maharashtra have come out in support of students who have been affected by the Supreme Court's decision of cancelling reservation granted to them. The Maratha Kranti Morcha workers said they will stage a protest at Azad Maidan in Mumbai on Monday to protest against the top Court’s decision for striking the 16% Maratha reservation for postgraduate medical seats this year. On Sunday, the Maratha Kranti Morcha announced its support to 250 aggrieved students whose PG admission in medical colleges has been cancelled. The community has given a call for the protest as it wants to state to reserve seats for Maratha students by enforcing an ordinance.  Maratha Reservation Stir: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis Convenes All-Party Meeting To Unanimously Solve The Issue. 

The students have been protesting at Azad Maidan against the cancellation of their admissions. The cancellation took place following the top Court's order of striking down the 16 % Maratha quota for PG students in the medical stream this year. Some affected students also tried meeting Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at his official residence here, but were stopped by the police.

According to reports, around 250 students had got admission to post- graduate medical courses under the Socially & Economically Backward Class (SEBC) quota. However, the SC recently upheld the verdict of Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court that the SEBC quota for Marathas will not be applicable for post-graduation (PG) medical and dental courses.

Reports quote students saying that as the other ways of getting admission, like entrance exams have already been conducted, they are afraid of losing their academic year. On November 30, 2018 the Bill was cleared by the Maharashtra legislature and a notification was issued on March 8 allowing 16 per cent reservation in education.