Amid the ongoing protests in the state, several Maratha groups demanding reservation for the community in jobs and education have declared a day-long bandh in Maharashtra, barring Navi Mumbai, on Thursday, 9 August.
Fearing violence, authorities have ordered the closure of schools and colleges in some areas across the state.
The Sakal Maratha Samaj, an umbrella body of Maratha groups, stated that the bandh would not be observed in Navi Mumbai due to some “sensitive issues”.
Several pro-quota Maratha groups will be observing a day-long bandh in Maharashtra on 9 August
The bandh will not be observed in Navi Mumbai due to “sensitive issues”
No Action Can Be Taken Till 15 November: Chandrakant Patil
Confirming Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ request for time till November to resolve the reservation issue, Senior Minister Chandrakant Patil, on the eve of the bandh said that “nothing can be done” on tthe Maratha groups’ demands till 15 November.
No Bandh in Navi Mumbai: Sakal Maratha Samaj
Sakal Maratha Samaj, an umbrella body of Maratha groups, stated that the ‘bandh’ would be observed across Maharashtra, but barring Navi Mumbai, on Thursday, 9 August.
“It will be a state-wide bandh, excluding Navi Mumbai. All the essential services, schools and colleges have been excluded from the bandh,” Amol Jadhavrao, a leader of Sakal Maratha Samaj told reporters.
“Due to some sensitive issues, we have decided not to observe bandh in Navi Mumbai,” he said.
He added that the protests would be “peaceful” and would take place between 8 am and 6 pm.
Day-Long Bandh Across Maharashtra, Except Navi Mumbai
Maharashtra is bracing for a day- long shutdown on Thursday, 9 August, called by an umbrella organisation of pro-quota Maratha groups, with the authorities ordering closure of schools and colleges in some areas fearing violence.
The ‘bandh’ is being organised despite Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ assurances that his government was working on providing reservation to the Marathas in government jobs and educational institutions, one that is legally sustainable.
Fadnavis had sought time till November to take steps with regard to the quota.
Marathas, a politically influential community that constitutes around 30 percent of the state’s population, have been demanding 16 percent reservation.
The community members had earlier taken out silent marches across the state to highlight their demands, prominent among them being that of reservation.
The agitation, however, turned violent after a 27-year- old protester jumped to his death in Godavari river near Aurangabad on 23 July.
A number of places, especially Koparkhairane and Kalamboli in Navi Mumbai, had witnessed violence during the Maratha quota stir late last month.
Around 20 policemen, including eight officers, were injured in stone-pelting by protesters at Koparkhairane and Kalamboli. A protester, injured in the violence in Navi Mumbai, had succumbed to his injuries.