Maratha Reservation Issue: Prepare to Celebrate on December 1, Says Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis

Ahmednagar, November 15: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at a rally in Ahmednagar on Thursday made a big announcement. While addressing people he said, "we have received a report on Maratha reservation from Backwards Class Commission". I request all of you to prepare to celebrate on December 1, he further added. This comes after the Maharashtra State Backward Class Commission submitted its report for reservation in education and jobs, without disturbing quota for Other Backward Classes (OBC). Maratha Reservation: Commission Submits Report to Maharashtra Government.

The upper cast Maratha community, constituting around 33 per cent of the state, has been demanding since last year for quota in jobs and education in the aftermath of the agrarian crisis in the state. Previously in July, the government announced a 16 per cent reservation for the Maratha community but it later stayed. Maratha Reservation Protest: Aurangabad Youth Pramod Patil Commits Suicide After Facebook Post Saying 'Today a Maratha is Going'.

The Maratha protest became violent on Maharashtra Bandh, August 9, in which as many and 194 people were arrested by Pune police for creating the ruckus. Earlier they also demanded sought of waiver of farmer loans, the solution to unemployment and justice in the Kopardi rape case. After this, Fadnavis told media that government would try to complete all formalities by November end to grant reservations to the Maratha community.