→ The Maratha Kranti Muk Morcha organised by Akhil Bharat Maratha Mahasangh was held today in Nagpur. While it was estimated that over two million people from various parts of Maharashtra will participate in this silent protest, less than 50,000 people actually participated in the protest which kick started from Yeshwant Stadium, Nagpur at around 12:30 pm.
→ As Nation Next told you earlier as well, through these protests the Maratha community is demanding strict punishment to the culprits of Kopardi rape and murder case, amendments in the Prevention of Atrocities Act, reservations in education and government jobs for Marathas, loan waiver to farmers to stop suicides and acceleration of work of erecting the grand memorial of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in the Arabian sea.
→ Today’s protest started from Yeshwant Stadium at 12:30 pm taking this route: Yeshwant Statidum-Panchasheel Square-Lokmat Square-Rahate Colony Square-Lokmat Square,-Panchasheel Square-Variety Square-Morris College T-point. The procession reached Morris College T-point at around 2 pm.
→ Four Maratha girls gave a start to the protest by worshiping a small statute of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and then lightning a lamp. Thereafter, girls and women led the protest followed by men. A lot of doctors, advocates, businessmen, medical students and other professionals from Nagpur were also part of the procession.
→ Children of farmers who committed suicide also participated in the procession. Senior political leaders like Salil Deshmukh, MLA Ashish Deshmukh, Abhijeet Wanjari, Bhai Jagtaap, Gulabrao Gawande, Bharat Gogavale, and Ashok Dhawad also participated in the procession.
→ The morcha which has gained popularity because of its discipline was highly disciplined this time around as well. Members of Akhil Bharat Maratha Mahasangh were seen making sure that members of the procession do not disturb the local commuters. Students of Nagpur Veterinary College maintained the cleanliness over the entire route of the procession.
→ More than thousand policemen were on guard to manage the traffic and to make sure that the procession is carried out peacefully. Around 15 video cameras and two drone cameras were also installed for security and ambulances and fire brigade were also kept ready for emergencies.
→ After the procession reached Morris College T-point, Minister of Cultural Affairs Vinod Tawde welcomed the Maratha girls and took them to Vidhan Bhawan with the list of their demands to meet Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis . After the girls returned back to Morris College T-Point, the protest officially came to end at around 2 pm with the national anthem.
→ Four girls went to meet the CM along with MLA Tawde. One of the girls, Jayshree Vhuibhar, after returning to Morris College T-point said, “After putting across our demands in front of the CM, we felt that our demands will be fulfilled soon. If our demands are met, we’ll put an end to our silent protests but if they are not fulfilled, we will continue the protest and Maratha community will not vote for the existing government in the next elections.”
Photos by: Suyash Sethiya