Maratha activists show black flags to state BJP chief

  • | Thursday | 7th December, 2023

Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar: Raising slogans demanding reservation, youths from the Maratha community on Wednesday waved black flags at BJP state president Chandrashekhar Bawankule in Dharashivs Tuljapur. The incident took place despite the deployment of heavy police bandobust during Bawankules visit to the centuries-old Tuljapur temple. At the time of incident, he was accompanied by local BJP MLA Rana Jagjitsinh Patil.Reacting to the protest, Bawankule said: There is no point in waving black flags at a small worker of BJP like me. We are in favour of giving reservation to the Maratha community. The Uddhav Thackeray-led government had actually committed the evil act of depriving the community of reservation, and had back-stabbed the Maratha community. They should be shown the black flags.Police said the local police as well as the special branch personnel present at the spot successfully managed to confiscate the black flags the protesters were carrying. Some of them were temporarily taken under preventive detention, and were later released.Maratha activist, Arjun Salunke, who led the agitation, said: We waved black flags at the BJP state president because we wanted to remind the government that it is acting as a mute spectator while injustice is being done to the Maratha community. We support the cause for which Manoj Jarange raised his voice. Party sources said after attending a party function in Latur, Bawankule reached Tuljapur late on Tuesday night. The partys state chief offered prayers at the Tuljapur temple in the morning before heading to the Dharashiv town to interact with the local BJP workers.We also published the following articles recentlySakal Maratha activists wave black flags at Bhujbal in YeolaChhagan Bhujbal, the state cabinet minister, faced protests from Sakal Maratha Morcha activists during his visit to assess crop damage in his Yeola constituency. The activists oppose Bhujbals stance on Maratha reservation within the OBC category. Bhujbal remains unfazed by the protests, attributing them to his political detractors. Despite the protests, Bhujbal vows to continue his work for the farmers affected by unseasonal rain and seek compensation for the damage in his constituency.Withdraw cases, give quota on time or face Marathas: JarangeActivist Manoj Jarange urges state government to withdraw cases against Maratha community members, demands reservation by December 24. Jarange criticizes food and civil supplies minister Chhagan Bhujbal for spreading discrimination. He questions the arrests of Maratha community members and the invocation of section 144 in Latur district. Jarange warns of consequences if reservation is not granted. He accuses BJP MLA Narayan Kuche and agriculture minister Dhananjay Munde of framing Maratha community youths. Jarange calls on chief minister Eknath Shinde and deputy chief ministers Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar to avoid angering the community. He announces a gathering on December 17 to decide the next steps of the agitation.Bhujbal targets own govt on Maratha quota issueState cabinet minister Chhagan Bhujbal criticizes the state government for its handling of the Maratha reservation issue and expresses frustration with the state commission on Other Backward Classes becoming redundant. Several members of the commission have resigned, feeling that their presence is no longer necessary. Bhujbal argues that the state governments appointment of a separate committee to decide the procedure for issuing Kunbi certificates to Marathas has made the commission irrelevant. He also raises concerns about the transparency and misuse of these certificates. Bhujbal continues to advocate for separate reservation for Marathas without affecting the reservation for OBCs.

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