MPSC candidates call off hunger strike

ST CORRESPONDENT
Friday, 1 March 2019

“The CM assured us that soon the training of 377 candidates will begin. The government is starting the process as soon as possible. Hence, he requested us to not continue the hunger strike,” said Vishal Wagh, one of the candidates who was present at the protest.

MUMBAI: The hunger strike which was called by 377 candidates of Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) 2017 batch has been withdrawn after a brief meeting with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. 

The candidates are claiming that the CM has given a verbal assurance to start the training process within a week’s time.

Around 140 candidates had gathered to sit on a hunger strike on Friday morning at Azad Maidan. However, within a few hours of the protest, they called off their strike, as the CM gave a verbal assurance of starting the training process in eight days.

“The CM assured us that soon the training of 377 candidates will begin. The government is starting the process as soon as possible. Hence, he requested us to not continue the hunger strike,” said Vishal Wagh, one of the candidates who was present at the protest.

“Respecting his words, we have called off our protest. But if no progress in this matter happens till March 10, then we will call for an indefinite hunger strike,” said Wagh.

The candidates have been waiting for their training to start for past eight months, however, due to a legal case filed by some candidates who had challenged the seat reservation for 17 women candidates who were from reserved category and had applied in open women category. 

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