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The massive show of strength by the Maratha Kranti Morcha silent protest procession that took place in Mumbai on Wednesday as a culmination of the protests that began on August 9 last year across 57 different cities of Maharashtra has resulted in success as the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has agreed to their main demands.
More than tens of thousands of protesters waving saffron flags marched through Mumbai bringing traffic to halt as they demanded quotas in government jobs and education and justice in the brutal gang rape of a 14-year-old Maratha girl.
At the culmination of their silent procession, representatives of the Maratha Morcha and leaders from all political parties met with Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis regarding their demands.
For educational reservations, CM Fadnavis has extended all the educational concessions that Other Backward Communities (OBC) receive to the Marathas as well, which includes 605 streams where OBCs currently get benefits. In addition, the government has announced a grant of Rs 5 crore and accompanying land to build hostels for students from the Maratha community in each district.
Regarding reservations in government jobs, the state government has announced the formation of a backward class commission which would study the grounds on which reservation can be granted to the Maratha community. CM Fadnavis added that they would request the commission to fast track their process and submit their recommendations to the Bombay High Court for considering grounds for granting reservation.
"The Kopardi gang rape case has been expedited. In the last five months public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam has verified 31 witnesses but the victim's lawyers has started delaying tactics," Fadnavis added.
The Maratha community in Maharashtra consists of nearly 35 percent of the state's 123 million people population.