The Maratha community will hold a ‘Muk Morchas’ or ‘silent rallies’ in Navi Mumbai as a dress rehearsal for the huge morcha in Mumbai. The organisers are expecting around 6 lakh people to turn up as protesters and around 4,000 police personnel are expected to be deployed across Navi Mumbai to maintain law and order in the rally areas.
The 6-kilometre march start from ISCKON Temple in Kharghar to Konkan Bhavan in CBD Belapur.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that the BJP-government in the state was “committed to providing reservation to Marathas”. In what can be a bid to appease the protesters, the BJP-Sena government on Monday appointed Shivaji descendant and Rajya Sabha member Sambhaji Raje Bhosale as its tourism brand ambassador.
The protesters are expecting more than 25 lakh Marathas from across the state for a mega gathering which has been planned in Mumbai in early October. To ensure a bigger turnout in today’s rally, the community has decided to keep the Navi Mumbai APMC shut today.
Furthermore, the traffic has also been diverted between the Utsav Chowk in Kharghar and Konkan Bhawan in Belapur so that traffic on Mumbai-Pune Expressway is not affected.
According to India Today report, the protesters will hand over a memorandum of demands to the Collector. They are demanding strict action against the culprits of Kopardi rape and murder case.
The community has been holding rallies across the state also to demand reservation in education and employment, and scrapping of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
In many places across Maharashtra, similar rallies have been held in last one month and a silent morcha in Beed, Osmanabad, Auranganad, received huge response.