In spite of assurances given by the Devendra Fadnavis Government about Maratha reservations in jobs and education, the Maratha community has called for a Maharashtra Bandh on August 9.
The Maratha community is expected to hold strong protests across the state and bring the state to a standstill. Senior leaders on behalf of the Maratha Community, on Tuesday, said that they would suspend all communications in the state. Maharashtra Government, which is expecting the bandh to be peaceful, as a precautionary measure has instructed Six Rapid Action Force (RAF) companies and one Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) to stand guard in various places in Nanded, Aurangabad and western Maharashtra. The government has also reportedly written to the Union government seeking 15 companies of central armed police forces.
Acting on the advice of Maratha community and fearing any untoward incident, schools and colleges in several cities of the state have declared a holiday on August 9. The Sakal Maratha Samaj in Nagpur, during a press conference on Tuesday called for the complete shutdown of schools, colleges, business establishments, public transport system, etc.
Maratha leader Raje Mudhoji Bhonsle, who will be spearheading the bandh in Nagpur tomorrow, while speaking to Nation Next said, “We have also called for a peaceful Nagpur bandh on August 9. In spite of 58 silent protests till now, the government has not taken the action it should have taken. It’s our last warning to the government that we have been protesting in a peaceful way till now. If any untoward incident happens, the government will be responsible for it.”
Bhonsle added, “Maharashtra CM Fadnavis has just been assuring us. We have been told that the issue will be sorted out till November. How will it get sorted out just ahead of the Lok Sabha Polls of 2019? This is just an attempt to prolong things.” Bhonsle also informed that the community members will be going to different places in Nagpur to ensure that establishments are shut down on the day of the bandh.