Stunt protest organised against MLA’s statement

ST Correspondent
Thursday, 9 August 2018

While the Maratha agitations continue in the State, Maratha protesters from Pune protested against MLA Medha Kulkarni by organising a stunt protest at Alka Talkies Chowk on Wednesday. Kulkarni had made a statement saying that the Maratha agitations outside the residences of the elected representatives is a ‘stunt’. 

Pune: While the Maratha agitations continue in the State, Maratha protesters from Pune protested against MLA Medha Kulkarni by organising a stunt protest at Alka Talkies Chowk on Wednesday. Kulkarni had made a statement saying that the Maratha agitations outside the residences of the elected representatives is a ‘stunt’. 

The Maratha Morcha agitators, after the protests had gone out of control last week, had decided to follow the peaceful path and organise scheduled sit-ins outside elected representatives’ residences and offices. MLA Medha Kulkarni from Pune had made a statement, where she had said that such sit-ins won’t get the protesters reservations and that these are just political ‘stunts.’

Santosh Shinde of Sambhaji Brigade said, “Our protesters were protesting peacefully outside the MLA’s house and we had duly informed everyone about the schedule too. Yet, the MLA did not come to receive our letter of demands and instead, her son came in the balcony and abused the protesters.” 

“She had no reason to make such a statement about the protesters,” he added. 

“She has always been uneasy and opposed the issues of the Maratha community. Earlier too, in the cases of the Gadkari statue in Sambhaji Garden and other issues, she had taken an opposite stand,” Shinde said. “We want to show her the difference between a protest and stunt. Hence, we have organised the stunt show here,” he added. 

The protesters paid respects to Kakasaheb Shinde, the first protester, who died by drowning in the Godavari river and sparked aggressive reactions across the State. 

Prasad Jadhav, a stunt rider, who was called by Maratha Morcha organisers to perform the stunts, was unaware that they had been called to protest on a political issue. 

“We are a team of seven persons and we perform freestyle stunts and have participated in many national stunt campaigns,” he said. 

“We did not know that this was for the Maratha Morcha, but we appeal to everyone not to replicate these stunts as these need practice and safety equipment,” he added.

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