In Pics: Maha Vikas Aghadi protest outside Vidhan Sabha over Maratha quota issue

Members of the opposition bloc in Maharashtra, Maha Vikas Aghadi, on Monday staged a protest outside the Vidhan Bhavan seeking reservations for the Maratha community during the first day of Budget session 2024 in Mumbai. Pics/ Sayyed Sameer Abedi

Updated On: 2024-02-26 05:14 PM IST

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Members of the opposition bloc in Maharashtra, Maha Vikas Aghadi, staged a protest outside the Vidhan Bhavan seeking reservations for the Maratha community. Pics/ Sayyed Sameer Abedi

The members of the Maharashtra Opposition bloc, Maha Vikas Aghadi, on Monday staged a protest outside the Vidhan Bhavan seeking reservations for the Maratha community

Meanwhile, Maratha quota activist Manoj Jarange Monday announced he is withdrawing his 17-day-old fast undertaken over the Maratha quota issue, but insisted he would continue his agitation until the Maharashtra government starts issuing Kunbi caste certificates to extended family members of people already having such documents, thereby allowing them to avail reservation benefits

Jarange's decision came a day after he announced a march to Mumbai to press for his demands related to quota in jobs and education for the Maratha community and coincided with the start of the budget session of the state legislature in Mumbai

Last week, both houses of the state legislature unanimously passed a bill providing 10 per cent separate reservation for the Maratha community in education and government jobs. Jarange, sitting on an indefinite hunger strike since February 10 at Antarwali Sarati village in Jalna district, however, insisted on quota for the Marathas under the OBC category and had continued his fast

"Although I am suspending my agitation (hunger strike) today, there will be 3 to 4 youths who would sit here and fast every day for our demands. I will also visit some villages and explain my stand to them. They could not come to meet me here (at Antarwali Sarati village) because of restrictions imposed by the home department," he said

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