Fu­ture Ag­i­ta­tion may Dwarf Jat, Pa­tel Vi­o­lence, Warn Or­gan­is­ers

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Mum­bai: The Maratha com­mu­nity has car­ried out 58 ‘muk mor­cha’ peace­fully so far in dif­fer­ent parts of the state press­ing for their de­mands, but the or­gan­is­ers said the Wed­nes­day march was the last peace­ful rally and that in fu­ture the gov­ern­ment would be squarely ‘re­spon­si­ble for the con­se­quences’.

Ab­basa­heb Patil, one of the or­gan­is­ers of the mor­cha from Pune, warned that the pa­tience of the youth was wear­ing out. “The gov­ern­ment has to take this is­sue se­ri­ously, we can’t con­trol our youth any longer. If there’s an ag­i­ta­tion in fu­ture, then be­lieve me, even the vi­o­lence dur­ing the Jat ag­i­ta­tion in Haryana and the Pa­tel ag­i­ta­tion in Gu­jarat would pale in com­par­i­son, you would have to call in the Army,” he claimed.

San­tosh Sur­yarao, a lawyer who was also in­volved in or­gan­is­ing the Mum­bai rally, said there’s seething anger among the com­mu­nity over the ‘be­trayal’ by their lead­ers. “We had given a mem­o­ran­dum to the CM on Au­gust 4 listing our de­mands. To­day, we should have got some strong com­mit­ment from the gov­ern­ment, but in­stead we had to again give a mem­o­ran­dum,” com­plained Sur­yarao. There was pan­de­mo­nium at Azad Maidan, the venue of the rally, which at times, threat­ened to spin out of con­trol. An­gry young­sters gheraoed MLA Nitesh Rane who was on the stage when an an­nounce­ment of a ‘deal’ with the Ma­ha­rash­tra gov­ern­ment was made. Rane was heck­led and wasn’t even al­lowed to speak by a restive crowd.

They wanted Rane to get a writ­ten com­mit­ment from CM, and it was only af­ter he promised to get one that he was al­lowed to go.

Mean­while, an­other drama un­folded as Ar­jun Raje Bhon­sle, nephew of Satara NCP MP Udyan- raje Bhos­ale and a de­scen­dent of Shivaji, sat on the stage and blasted ‘po­lit­i­cal agents’ for hi­jack­ing the protest. Bhon­sle told the youths that they would launch a ‘aar ya paar’ bat­tle if their de­mands on reser­va­tion and other is­sues were not re­solved within a month.

While all the 57 Maratha ral­lies ended peace­fully, Wed­nes­day’s protest, how­ever, held out the mes­sage that things may get uglier.

Young­sters gheraoed MLA Nitesh Rane af­ter an an­nounce­ment of a ‘deal’ with Ma­ha­rash­tra gov­ern­ment

MUK MOR­CHA: Mem­bers of the Maratha com­mu­nity take part in a rally in Mum­bai on Wed­nes­day SL SHANTH KU­MAR

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