1. Maratha Kranti Morcha rally 2017 in Mumbai Live Updates: Protest called off; Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis announces land and Rs 5 crore to students

Maratha Kranti Morcha rally 2017 in Mumbai Live Updates: Protest called off; Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis announces land and Rs 5 crore to students

Maratha Kranti Morcha rally 2017 in Mumbai Live Updates: The largest protest march of the Maratha community is being held in Mumbai on Wednesday.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: August 9, 2017 6:20 PM
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Maratha Kranti Morcha rally 2017 in Mumbai Live Updates: The business capital of the country today came to a standstill due to the unprecedented protest rally. Close to 3 lakh from across Maharashtra have gathered in Mumbai to seek reservations in jobs and educational institutions for the Maratha community among other demands. To deal with the pressure, the Central Railway had made elaborate arrangements. This is 58th protest march. So far 57 protests rallies have been held in various parts of the state following the brutal rape and murder of a 14-year-old Maratha girl in Kopardi in Ahmednagar district in July 2016, according to reports.

Here LIVE UPDATES of Maratha Kranti Morcha rally in Mumbai

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6:20 PM: Meanwhile, at the Jijamata Udyan, where the Maratha morcha began at 11 AM, protesters tore banners put up by the Shiv Sena, stressing that they did not want any “political interference”.

6:10 PM: Another supporter said,”Don’t know when we will get reservation? Marathis from across country have gathered to put forward our demands.

6:00 PM: A supporter of the protest said that we should get the reservation as people from other caste gets the job. He said,”Hum logon ko arakshan milna chahiye, dusri caste walon ko jobs mil jati hain. Toh humne kya kiya hai?”

5:50 PM: Wearing saffron caps and carrying flags, the protesters walked down south Mumbai’s JJ flyover, which was closed for vehicular traffic, winding their way to the protest venue.

Hum logon ko arakshan milna chahiye, dusri caste walon ko jobs mil jati hain, said a supporter.(ANI)

5:36 PM: Mumbai’s Azad Maidan turned into a sea of saffron as thousands of people demanding reservations for the Maratha community gathered here in what was their 58th protest in a year.

5:20 PM:  Bollywood actor Riteish Deshmukh also voiced his support to the protest march with a late night tweet.”Ek Maratha, Lakh Maratha,” the actor tweeted in Marathi, referring to a popular slogan. He also took to Twitter earlier today and said,”Silent Strength #MarathaInMumbai #MarathaKrantiMorcha.”

5:10 PM: Meanwhile, earlier in the day, in Maharashtra Assembly, where the monsoon session is underway, Shiv Sena MLAs joined legislators across parties in shouting slogans demanding reservation for Marathas.

5:00 PM: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis met representatives from Maratha Morchas and leaders from all political parties.

4:55 PM: He added, the matter has been referred to Backward classes commission which will do a study of the feasibility of giving reservation to Maratha community.

4:51 PM: Maharastra CM Devendra Fadnavis in the Assembly announced land and grant of Rs5 crore to build hostels for students from Maratha community in every district, reported ANI.

4:30 PM: Protesters are claiming that Maharashtra government has accepted their demands. They said like OBCs, they too have reservation, according to TV reports.

4:25 PM: The Maratha Kranti Morcha rally covered a distance of more than five kilometers silently with no speeches or slogans raised on Wednesday.

4:20 PM: WATCH- Maratha Kranti Morcha rally 2017 in Mumbai: CM Devendra Fadnavis faces tough challenge

4:10 PM: The protesters have been demanding reservation in jobs and educational institutions for members of the Maratha community, punishment for culprits in the Kopardi case and loan waivers for farmers.

4:05 PM: All parking areas in Navi Mumbai were full as morcha participants coming from across Maharashtra parked their vehicles on vacant lots.

4:00 PM: Another protester came to the venue in the attire of a farmer in distress, with a noose dangling from his neck. “This is an attempt to draw the government’s attention to the plight of farmers,” he said.

3:55 PM: WATCH- Maratha protest rocks Mumbai

3:50 PM: Also present at the venue was Manohar Anandrao Patil from Latur district, who said he had participated in all the 58 Maratha morchas till date. The first protest was held in Aurangabad on August 9 last year.

3:46 pm: Some residents of Kopardi village in Ahmednagar district, where the brutal rape and murder in July 2016 of a 14-year-old girl belonging to the community triggered massive protests across the state, also participated in today’s morcha.

3:42 PM: Ishanvi Deshmukh, a three-year-old girl, impressed the gathering with a well-memorised speech seeking reservations for the Maratha community.

3:38 pm: At Azad Maidan, a morcha participant — dressed like Chhatrapati Shivaji — was heard extolling the virtues of a “government of the people and for the people”, as practised by the Maratha king.

3:33 pm: Rajya Sabha member Chhatrapati Sambhaji Raje told reporters at Azad Maidan he was participating in the march not as a Member of Parliament but as an “ordinary member” of the Maratha community.

3:30 PM: WATCH- A sea of saffron engulfs Mumbai

3:25 PM: Wearing saffron caps and carrying flags, the protesters walked down south Mumbai’s JJ flyover, which was closed for vehicular traffic, winding their way to the protest venue.

3:15 PM: Azad Maidan in Mumbai has turned into a sea of saffron as Maratha Kranti Morcha rally reached there.

3:10 PM: Approximately 500 people were treated since morning for headache, body pain, acidity and for dehydration at the CST health post, reported Indian Express.

3:00 PM: Earlier in the day, a young boy who dressed himself up as a Shivaji in the faction that was leading the Morcha was rushed to medical care centre by cops after he fell ill.

2:52 PM: Around 10,000 doctors from other parts of Maharashtra which include Satara, Vidarbha, Nashik, Kolhapur, Marathwada joined the rally. Indian Medical Association also said that 30 per cent of their doctors have extended their support to the morcha. Many doctors from Mumbai government hospitals are also on leave today to participate in the protest.

2:44 PM: According to Indian Express report, approximately 30 patients were being attended by doctors at a medical camp set up at J.J site. While there is no emergency that was reported, there were speculations of the protesters suffering from dehydration.

Maratha Kranti Morcha: Muslim girls near Nagpada wave Maratha Morcha flags. (IE/Dipti Singh)

2:38 PM: The Mumbai’s famed ‘Dabbawalas’ (lunchbox delivery men), the majority of whom hail from the Maratha community, also joined the march.

2:30 PM: WATCH- Maratha Kranti Morcha rally affects traffic, over 500 schools shut

2:25 PM: Delegation of Maratha Morcha with Vinayak Mete, Shiv Sangram party leaders arrived at Maharashtra Vidhan Bhavan in Mumbai. They will meet Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis

2:23 pm: Their other demands include amendments in SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities Act) to stop its misuse, loan waiver to curb farmer suicides and remunerative prices for agricultural produce.

2:20 PM: The silent protest is a peaceful way to press the demands for reservation in jobs and educational institutions and punishment for culprits in the Kopardi case.

2:14 PM: WATCH: Maratha Kranti Morcha rally brings Mumbai to a standstill

2:10 PM: At Azad Maidan, where the Maratha morcha will culminate later today, the campaigners raised slogans as Mumbai BJP chief Ashish Shelar reached the venue.

2:06  PM: Some of the campaigners said that they don’t want politicians to interfere.Shelar rubbished reports that he was stopped and manhandled at Azad Maidan.

2:03 PM: These ‘mook morcha’ or silent rallies were held in various parts of the state following the brutal rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl, belonging to the Maratha community, at Kopardi village in Ahmednagar district in July 2016.

1:55 PM: WATCH- What Former CM of Maharashtra Prithviraj Chavan said about Maratha Kranti Morcha rally

1:50 PM: The core team of the Maratha Kranti Morcha has expressed unhappiness over the ugly credit war unleashed among the Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena over the morcha.

1:45 PM: WATCH: Maratha Kranti Morcha demands quota for Maratha community

1:40 PM: A group of MKM delegates has been shortlisted to engage in talks with Fadnavis’s team.

1:35 PM: Mumbai MKM coordinator Virendra Pawar had said, “We are strictly going to enforce the code of conduct in rallies, as done in the past, to ensure the social issues don’t get diverted.”

1:30 PM: The state cabinet had given its consent to Maratha reservation and submitted 1,200-page documents in court to legally and constitutionally justify it. The appointment of the Backward Commission is also seen as a step to facilitate Maratha reservation, according to Indian Express report.

1:26 PM: WATCH- Maratha Kranti Morcha rally reaches Azad Maidan

1:22 PM: A sub-group led by Narayan Rane, which included representatives from BJP, Shiv Sangram, NCP and Sena, also appealed to the MKM to have discussions with the government.

1:18 PM: But Rane was not allowed to participate in the protest rally.

1:16 PM:  Maratha Kranti Morcha is a non-political outfit and it elicits support both in terms of financial resources and logistics from established Maratha leadership across Congress, NCP, Shiv Sena and BJP, IE reported.

1:12 PM: It has been learnt that the Maratha Kranti Morcha is likely to sit with the state government after today’s protest rally in Mumbai, according to Indian Express report.

1:08 pm: Maratha Kranti Morcha rally organizers have removed posters put up by Shiv Sena in Mumbai’s Lalbaugh.

1:02 PM: WATCH- Lakhs of people taking part in Maratha Kranti Morcha rally

12:58 PM: People have gathered at Azad Maidan. Maratha Kranti Morcha rally was passing through Lalbaugh.

12:55 PM: Former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan slammed the Devendra Fadnavis government, said, “Nothing is happening on the ground. The state government should demand for reservation.”

12:51 PM: Even rains in parts of Mumbai failed to dampen spirit of Maratha Kranti Morcha rally.

12:48 PM: WATCH- People belonging to Maratha community demand reservation during Maratha Kranti Morcha rally

12:43 PM: According to reports, the Sakal Maratha Samaj, an umbrella organisation of several Maratha groups, has organised the Maratha Kranti Morcha rally

12:40 PM: Traffic affected, schools shut in Mumbai due to Maratha Kranti Morcha rally

12:35 PM: The Marathas have been holding silent marches in different parts of the state to press for their demands, including punishment for culprits in Kopardi rape and murder case, quota in education and government jobs, Amendment in SC, ST (Prevention of Atrocities Act) to stop its misuse, loan waiver to farmers to curb suicides, and guaranteed rate for agricultural produce.

12:30 PM: This Maratha Kranti Morcha rally has marked the completion of the one year of the Maratha Kranti Muk Morcha, the silent marches taken out by the community, as the first such rally was taken out on August 9 last year in Aurangabad, followed by other cities across the state.

12:25 PM: WATCH- a sea of crowd gathered for Maratha Kranti Morcha rally in Mumbai

12:20 PM: The distance between the starting point of the Maratha Kranti Morcha rally, which is Byculla,  and the end point Bombay Gymkhana is six km

12:18 PM: This is to ensure that the crowd doesn’t accumulate at Byculla station on the Central Railway Local Line and Reay Road on the Harbour Line.

12:15 PM: Railways were asked to carry out announcements for people pparticipating Maratha Kranti Rally on both the Central and the Harbour lines on where to alight.

12:12 PM: Most of the protesters have come from Mumbai’s satellite cities of Navi Mumbai, Pune, Thane and Nashik, according to reports

12:09 PM: No injuries have been reported so far due to the Maratha Kranti Morcha rally, according to reports.

12:06 PM: WATCH- Vehicular traffic movement affected due to the Maratha Kranti Morcha rally

12:03 PM: While maximum participation is anticipated from Ahmednagar district, thinner numbers are expected from the Vidarbha region to participate in Maratha Kranti Morcha rally.

12:00 PM:  Maratha Kranti Morcha rally is expected to culminate at Bombay Gymkhana by 3 PM.

11:56 AM: Mumbai police are using  drones, CCTV network, traffic diversions, technical surveillance and watchers to ensure the Maratha Kranti Morcha rally doesn’t lead to any law and order problem in Mumbai.

11:50 AM: “We have two rakes in stand-by mode. If required, we will run them as special trains from CSMT (Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Mumbai Terminus) to Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Terminus (Kolhapur) via Manmad and Karjat routes,” a Rail official said. Extra general coach will be attached to seven long-distance trains and there were be an additional ticket window for issuing tickets

11:46 AM: WATCH- Maratha Kranti Morcha rally in Mumbai

11:43 AM: “Based on inputs about number of people who will go back to their destinations after the rally, probably after two pm, we will run additional suburban services as per the requirement, as are run during peak hours,” Sunil Udasi, chief PRO of Central Railway, said.

11:40 AM: BMC commissioner Ajoy Mehta and Commissioner of Police Datta Padsalgikar had met to discuss preparations and necessary arrangements from a security point of view

11:38 AM: Over 3 lakh people have taken part in the Maratha Kranti Morcha rally.

11:35 AM: Shiv Sena MLAs were protesting outside Maharashtra Assembly demanding reservation for Maratha community.

11:33 AM: Meanwhile, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is planning to use the Bombay Gymkhana ground adjacent to the Azad Maidan, to handle the large number of people expected to participate in Maratha Kranti Morcha rally, an official said.

11:30 AM: Maratha Kranti Morcha rally by Maratha community to demand for reservation has begun in Mumbai.

11:28 AM: Their other demands include Amendment in SC, ST (Prevention of Atrocities Act) to stop its misuse, loan waiver to curb farmer suicides, and remunerative prices for agricultural produce.

11:25 AM: The silent protest is a peaceful way to press demand for reservation in jobs and educational institutions and punishment for culprits in the Kopardi case, the organisers were quoted as saying by Police.

11:23 AM: The Maratha Kranti Morcha rally has been organised by the Sakal Maratha Samaj, an umbrella organisation of several Maratha groups.

11:20 AM: Social media platforms like Facebook, Whatsapp and Twitter have been used to spread the message about Maratha Kranti Morcha rally to community members.

11:18 AM: The JJ flyover will be closed for traffic today in view of the Maratha Kranti Morcha rally, police said. Schools in south Mumbai is closed as a precautionary measure, an official said.

11:15 AM: The Maratha Kranti Morcha rally has begun from the BMC’s Jijamata Udyan and will culminate at Azad Maidan in south Mumbai.

11:13 AM: WATCH- People belonging to Maratha community hold protest rally in Mumbai

11:10 AM: This comes exactly a year after the first march was held in Aurangabad.

11:08 AM: Lakhs of people from across Maharashtra are expected to attend the 58th – and the largest – protest march of the Maratha community.

11:05 AM: Visuals from Thane Eastern Express Highway.

11:00 AM: Traffic movement affected at various places in Mumbai due to Maratha Kranti Morcha rally.

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    Avinash
    Aug 9, 2017 at 1:59 pm
    Most selfish community. Enjoyed upper casteism, ruled states, been raja's Maharajah's ... Now asking shamelessly for reservations. Next what ... 100 reservations amongst all communities ??
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