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The Maratha Kranti Morcha has launched a silent procession protest in Mumbai on Wednesday in culmination of its protests since August 9, 2016 that witnessed protests taking place in 57 different cities of Maharashtra.
The final mammoth 'mook morcha' is in demand of reservations in jobs and education for the community and will culminate by submitting a memo of their demands to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
Authorities have anticipated the participation of 5 lakh to 8 lakh Marathas across the state who have been trickling into Mumbai since Monday. The state government, police, BMC and other agencies launched preparations 24 hours in advance.
Former Chief Minister and prominent Maratha leader Narayan Rane said that the procession will begin from Byculla in South Mumbai and will take place silently before culminating at the historic Azad Maidan 4 km away around 5 PM.
"Thereafter, a delegation of Maratha leaders will meet the Chief Minister and submit a memorandum listing the various demands," said Rane.
"Though there are many demands, the stress will be on education and job reservations for the Maratha community members," Rane added.
A Congress leader, Rane had previously headed a special committee appointed by the previous Congress-Nationalist Congress Party regime to study the socio-economic conditions of the Maratha community.
The Maratha Kranti Morcha procession is backed by all the political parties, including NDA constituents Shiv Sena and Republican Party of India(A) who announced their backing late on Tuesday.
As the Maratha brigade entered Mumbai, massive traffic jams were visible in Mumbai and adjacent districts of Thane, Raigad and Palghar.
All schools and colleges in south Mumbai were ordered shut to ensure students were not inconvenienced during the procession.