After showing off its might through silent marches in parts of Maharashtra, the Maratha community has now decided to organise a bike rally in the city on November 6 to press for their various demands.
This event is being seen as a prelude to the community’s “biggest” ever silent march, which is planned to be held in Nagpur during the winter session of the state legislature next month.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said most of the demands of the Maratha community are “just” and the government has initiated steps to address their discontent.
Giving details, Virendra Pawar, one of the organisers of the Maratha event, said, “We have decided to hold the biggest ever silent protest in Nagpur on December 14, during the winter session of the state Legislature. If the government does not pay heed to our demands even after that, we will carry out a maha-morcha in Mumbai, which will break all the records. Until the Nagpur rally happens, we have decided to carry out a Janajagruti bike rally in Mumbai on November 6, where we expect around 15,000 to 20,000 bikers to participate.”
Pawar said the rally will commence from K J Somaiya ground in Sion at 9 AM and will culminate near Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus station after passing through Matunga, Dadar, Parel, Lalbaug and Byculla areas.
The Maratha community, which is a dominant force in Maharashtra politics, has been taking out silent marches in various towns in the state over the last one month, following the rape and murder of a girl at Kopardi in Ahmednagar district in July. The community leaders have been pressing for scrapping of the SC, ST (Prevention of Atrocities Act), saying it is grossly misused, and also raised other demands like quota in in education and jobs.