Mumbai, Nov 17 (PTI) Maharashtra Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan said Saturday that the Maratha community’s demand of quota in government jobs and educational institutions has been “almost fulfilled”.

Mahajan met activists of the Maratha Kranti Morcha (MKM) at Azad Maidan here, appealing them to call off their hunger strike over various demands of the community.

“The main demand of quota is almost fulfilled…We have taken decisions, but there is a need to expedite implementation…We will hold meeting in two-three days. We will take positive steps,” Mahajan told reporters later.

MKM said that following the minister’s assurance, it was calling off the protest.

“We are calling off the strike hoping the demands we raised will be fulfilled in the winter session of the legislature,” MKM leader Sambhaji Patil told reporters.

“But there will be an explosion across Maharashtra if we are betrayed,” he said.

Opposition Leader in the Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, who met MKM protesters earlier Saturday, warned of a breach of privilege motion in the House as the report of the Maharashtra State Backward Class Commission on socio-economic conditions of the Marathas was “leaked”.

Government sources had said that the report favours quota for the community.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.