Maratha Kranti Morcha Launches 'Jail Bharo Andolan' From Today, Demanding Reservation

| August 1 , 2018 , 09:09 IST

A week after the Maratha Kranti Morcha (MKM) led protests for reservation for the Maratha community in Maharashtra turned violent, MKM is launching a 'jail bharo andolan' agitation from Wednesday, which will continue till August 9.

The jail bharo andolan will take place across the state while a team of 14 Maratha Kranti Morcha members will stage demonstrations at Mumbai's Azad Maidan and list their demands, which include withdrawal of criminal cases against protesters and reservation in jobs and education.

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According to the Maratha Kranti Morcha, the protest will be peaceful without violence on the streets and will be conducted on the lines of a silent march with local Maratha units driving the jail bharo andolan. Established leaders representing mainstream parties will be kept away from the stages.

MKM, Mumbai Unit coordinator, Kedar Suryavanshi, said, “We have decided to start the jail bharo agitation from Mumbai on August 1. Gradually, every district will organise similar agitation in the next one week, which will take place across state till August 9.”

He added, “Our foremost demand is immediate withdrawal all the criminal cases against our community. While the CM had announced that all criminal cases against the Marathas who participated in the earlier agitation be withdrawn, it has not been implemented on the ground.”

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Suryavanshi said, “We are appealing our youths against resorting to such extreme steps like suicides. It is extremely unfortunate. The organisation has demanded Rs 50 lakh compensation from the government for those who ended lives and Rs 10 lakh for those seriously injured.”

Suryavanshi said that their demands also include apology or resignation from Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil for hurting the sentiments of the community.

“We demand that cases should be registered against Fadnavis and Patil for the violence during the bandh held on July 25,” said Amol Jadhavrao, a MKM leader.