Organisers warn of ‘guerrilla legacy’ if demands are not met

ST CORRESPONDENT
Sunday, 29 July 2018

Pawar flays government
Kolhapur: Attending a sit-in protest going on at Dasara Chowk in Kolhapur, NCP Chief Sharad Pawar, said that if specific conditions and words in the constitution are amended, the crisis of Maratha reservations can be solved easily. He said that the party in power in the state is also in power in the Centre and it should get the amendment passed.

Pune: The representatives of the Maratha Kranti Morcha, which is acting as the facilitator of the Maratha agitations across the state for almost a week, announced at a press conference on Saturday that if the government is not able to find a tangible solution for their demands by August 9, the community will show the ‘guerrilla legacy of Shivaji Maharaj to the government.’

Members of the Maratha Kranti Morcha like Vikas Pasalkar, Tushar Kakade, Raghunath Chitre Patil and others were present to address the media. The MKM said that it condemns the offences registered against the Maratha youths who participated in the protests across the state. “Charges ranging from theft to attempt of murder have been framed against the Maratha youths who were just demanding their rights. The state has filed false charges against innocent protesters.” said Pasalkar. 

“We demand that these cases be taken back with immediate effect. We are taking out a rally on Sunday morning from Sambhaji Maharaj statue at Deccan to SSPMS grounds near Pune railway station. We want the State government to stop giving excuses and suggest a tangible solution,” Chitre Patil said, adding, “If by August 9, there is no solution and the cases are not taken back, the Maratha community will show what it can do through the ‘ganimi kawa’ (guerrilla warfare) legacy inherited from Chhatrapati Shivaji. The government will be responsible for whatever happens then.”

Meanwhile, in a couple of hours after the declaration by the MKM, the Chief Minister (CM) announced that a special session of the assembly will be held by the government to discuss and decide on the Maratha reservations. The CM also gave assurance to the Maratha protesters that the mega recruitment drive will not be carried out at the expense of the Maratha community. The CM also announced that the small and petty charges filed against protesters will be taken back.

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