Post a meeting held in Aurangabad, the Maratha body decided to proceed with the state-wide bandh from which Mumbai is exempted – to seek reservations.
Mumbai exempted since the city witnessed a lot of violence in the previous bandh which was held on 25th July and the protesters have declared a demonstration only in Bandra.
This move came post Mr Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, stated that the government will grant reservation to Marathas before November end. The CM also stated that the humongous recruitment of 72000 employees in the state government will not be conducted until the reservation issue is not taken care of.
After the statement from Mr Fadnavis, the Maratha body were giving second thoughts of proceeding with the bandh, knowing the fact that in the past two weeks due to this agitation which turned violent, several lives were lost. But, the body ultimately backed from their decision and went ahead with the bandh, reasoning that this would put immense pressure on the Maharashtra government.
Even though the leaders of the Maratha body have called for a peaceful bandh, the people within the community itself doubt if that would be followed. One of the community leader from the Maratha body said that he received several calls from the youths who expressed that they were going to follow violent measures by damaging buses and all of that, for which he advised them instead to protest outside the zilla parishad offices in a peaceful manner. However, the youths say that they were patient for two years and did everything peacefully and now they wanted to take matter in their hands.
During the previous bandh on 25th July, Mumbai was observing a peaceful one, nonetheless, the Maratha leaders stated that this time around things would be different. In the meantime, several industries in Pune are shut since the companies anyway face a load shedding on Thursdays so they favored in for the bandh.
Several educational institutions, schools and colleges in various parts of state except Mumbai also observing a shutdown. Also, the Maharashtra government has called-off all the leaves of the policemen and has also deployed central forces in the state to give assurance of peace.