Future Agitation may Dwarf Jat, Patel Violence, Warn Organisers
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