Maratha quota activist Manoj Jarange on September 12 stated he’ll proceed his quick till the federal government points an order providing reservation to his neighborhood in Maharashtra.
Mr. Jarange, aged round 40, has been on an indefinite starvation strike since August 29 at Antarwali Sarati village in Jalna district of central Maharashtra, demanding reservation in jobs and schooling beneath the OBC class for the Maratha neighborhood.
“I will continue my fast until the State government comes with an order offering reservation to the Maratha community. I would be the only protester who forced the State government to take back its faulty order. I want a permanent solution to this mess,” Mr. Jarange advised reporters on the protest website in Jalna.
Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Monday presided over an all-party assembly in Mumbai held within the backdrop of the continued Maratha quota agitation led by Mr. Jarange.
Mr. Shinde later stated all events attending the assembly handed a decision requesting Mr. Jarange to withdraw his quick.
The CM introduced the withdrawal of police instances filed in opposition to pro-Maratha reservation protesters in Jalna district, the epicentre of the most recent spherical of stir on the difficulty.
He additionally introduced the suspension of three police officers concerned in lathi-charge on quota agitators in Jalna earlier this month.
On Tuesday, State Minister Sandipan Bhumre and Shiv Sena chief from Jalna Arjun Khotkar met Mr. Jarange and shared the resolutions handed on the all-party assembly.
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Hindutva chief Sambhaji Bhide additionally met Mr. Jarange and requested him to withdraw his quick.
However, Mr. Jarange maintained that he would proceed his protest as there was no concrete choice from the State authorities over his demand for quota for the Maratha neighborhood.
Mr. Shinde on Monday stated, “Maharashtra is a progressive State. We need concord and peace amongst all communities. All events handed a decision requesting Manoj Jarange to withdraw his quick. I personally request him to name off his quick. The State authorities wants time to finish the process to make choices (on quota subject).”
A five-member panel headed by Judge Sandeep Shinde (retired) has been set up to determine the Standard Operating Procedure, including legal and administrative framework, for giving caste certificates to Maratha community members referred to as Kunbis (part of OBCs now) in Nizam-era documents. This will allow Marathas from the Marathwada region to avail quota benefits under the OBC category.
The committee formed by the State government has got down to work and it needs some time to complete its task, said the CM.
“The Justice Shinde Committee has held its first meeting and has been given one month to submit a report. The government has also agreed to most of the demands made by Jarange. I appeal to protesting people to end their agitation. Jarange is not making any personal demands…he is doing it for his community, but it will take some time for the (quota) issue to be resolved,” Mr. Shinde stated.