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Maratha quota: Jarange suspends indefinite fast in six days, gives govt month time to accept demands

Jarange's announcement came after Maharashtra Minister Shambhuraj Desai met him and discussed the matter. Jarange had launched his fast on Saturday.

Edited By: Ashesh Mallick @asheshmallick07 Aurangabad Published on: June 13, 2024 16:54 IST
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Image Source : PTI Maratha reservation activist Manoj Jarange

Maratha quota activist Manoj Jarange on Thursday (June 13) suspended his indefinite fast over the reservation issue, less than a week after launching it, and gave a deadline of one month to the Maharashtra government to accept the community’s demands. His announcement came after Maharashtra minister and member of Maratha quota sub-committee Shambhuraj Desai, Shiv Sena MP Sandipan Bhumre held a meeting with him at his native Antarwali Sarati village in Jalna district and discussed the issue.

Jarange's warning regarding assembly elections

Addressing people at the protest site, Jarange said, "We are giving a month's time to the government to fulfil the demands of the Maratha community. But we will also go ahead with our preparations for the upcoming assembly elections. If the government doesn't provide reservation to us, we will go and take it."

"If the demands are not fulfilled in a month, neither the opposition members nor those in the government should come to us. We will defeat the candidates (in the state assembly elections) by declaring their names," he said.

Jarange launched his latest round of protest from Saturday and has been demanding the implementation of the draft notification that recognises Kunbis as "sage soyare" (blood relatives) of Maratha community members and also seeking a law to identify Kunbis as Marathas.

Kunbi falls under the Other Backward Classes (OBC) category, and Jarange has been demanding that Kunbi certificates be issued to all Marathas, which will make them eligible for quota benefits.

What did the minister say after the meeting?

Talking after his meeting with Jarange, minister Desai said, "A meeting will be convened tomorrow (over the issue). Of the last five months, two months passed in following the model code of conduct (for the Lok Sabha polls). We will take a positive decision on the demands of the Maratha community in a month. If additional manpower is required to expedite the work, we will do so with the permission of Chief Minister Eknath Shinde."

(With PTI inputs)

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