Maharashtra CM calls all-party meet to discuss Maratha agitation

Mumbai, Jul 27 (Agencies): | Publish Date: 7/28/2018 12:49:38 AM IST

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has called an all-party meeting on Saturday to discuss the issue of granting reservations for the Maratha community in educational institutions and government jobs, The Tribune reported.

”We will try and come up with a solution for granting reservations to the Maratha community at the all-party meeting,” Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil told reporters here. The decision to call the all-party meeting was taken by the BJP’s ministers in the state government in the early hours today. Sources said the ministers from the Shiv Sena were not involved in the talks to call the all-party meeting.

The meeting comes amidst reports of protests by members of the Maratha community in different parts of the state which continued for the third day today. According to state police, women from the Maratha community came out in large numbers in places like Jalna and Satara demanding that their menfolk who were arrested during the state-wide bandh and protests on Wednesday and Thursday be released.

Police said at least 200 people, mainly men, have been arrested in various parts of the state for rioting and violence.

Meanwhile, seven MLAs from various parties, including the BJP, have submitted their resignations to state Assembly Speaker Haribhau Bagade in support of reservations for Marathas. The Speaker’s office however indicated that the resignations have not yet been accepted.

The situation was tense throughout the day today after a protester, who was injured in Wednesday’s violence Navi Mumbai, succumbed to his injuries. According to the police, Rohan Todkar, 25, had suffered multiple injuries to head and limbs during the violence at Koparkhairane in Navi Mumbai on Wednesday.

However, strong police presence in Navi Mumbai and various other places in Maharashtra ensured that the situation did not go out of hand.

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