Mumbai: “The demands of the Maratha community are justified and valid, but the youth from the community should not take extreme steps like suicide and the agitation should not be violent,” Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and other prominent members of society have appealed to the Maratha community. They further jointly appealed that the members of the community must maintain peace in society.
Fadnavis met scholar AH Salunkhe, actors Sayaji Shinde and Amol Kolhe, art director Nitin Desai, industrialists Bhairavnath Thombare and Satish Parab and historian Pandurang Balakawade at Sahyadri guest house. In the meeting, Fadnavis sought the opinion on Maratha reservation from them. These leaders suggested some changes in the ongoing welfare schemes in the field of education to make them more effective.
“The demands raised through the marches and protests by the community are just and valid. We pressed, in the meeting, for the need to take immediate steps for reservation to the community. We appeal to the people from the community to maintain peace and not resort to extreme steps,” the chief minister and the personalities said in a joint statement.
The government is struggling for the last few days to find out a solution to the ongoing Maratha agitation and violence in the State. The agitations are for reservation in government jobs and education. But the agitators refuse to talk with the government over the issue and yet there is no breakthrough.
“The State government is positive and committed about reservation that will stand legal scrutiny. We have been tapping all the possibilities to ensure time-bound reservation. As already declared, we will convene a special session to discuss the reservation,” said Fadnavis.
There were meetings of all party MLAs and their leaders respectively and the agitators are not in a position to listen to politicians. All party members are also supporting the demand, but there is a legal issue with the reservation and the government cannot pacify the people. “This social leaders may pacify the community as they have respect in society and the issue will be sorted,” an official from the CM’s office who attended the meeting further said.