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Political parties and Maratha organisations have also supported this demand.
A Cabinet sub-committee will be formed to oversee the reservation process. His announcements will help Marathas skill their youth, and provide better financial assistance and amenities for Maratha youngsters who take up higher education. One memorandum of demands spoke of diminishing Maratha numbers in spheres of industry and entrepreneurship. Thus is the government trying to buy time to pacify Marathas?
Marathas are a politically powerful group in Maharashtra as they constitute 33% of the state's population.
They have been reaching the state capital by trains, private vehicles, trucks, tempos and even two-wheelers waving Maratha flags and sporting bright orange turbans, entering through railway stations and the five entry points.
Lakhs of people of the Maratha community entered Mumbai from cities like Pune, Nashik, Kolhapur, Raigad, and Satara. For the past two decades, agriculture has been become less profitable for the farmers and that has had a direct impact on the Marathas.
The marchers covered a distance of more than three miles silently with no speeches or slogans.
A 15-year-old girl was raped on July 13, 2016, at Kopardi village in Ahmednagar district, flaring up Maratha-Dalit tensions.
Not just in India, but the Maratha morcha demanding reservation is also resonating in neighbouring Pakistan.
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.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in a bid to calm thousands of protesting Marathas said the matter of their reservation has been referred to backward classes commission for feasibility. We have farmers, businessmen coming from different areas across Maharashtra.
People arrived in Mumbai from all over Maharashtra to participate in the silent rally. The police said commuters must watch out for massive traffic jams on roads leading to south Mumbai.
A total 52% of government jobs and seats in educational institutions are now reserved.
Children were leading the morcha, followed by women and then men.
The city's famed dabbawalas, who deliver packed lunches to hundreds working in offices across Mumbai, suspended operations for the day, as did hundreds of schools and college in South Mumbai.
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