Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday hinted at the possible reservation for the Marathas, asking the community to “prepare to celebrate on December 1”. Speaking at a public gathering in Ahmednagar, Fadnavis said that the state government has received a report on Maratha reservation from the Backwards Commission, adding, “I request all of you to prepare to celebrate on December 1.”

He assured the Maratha community that it should be ready to “celebrate the reservation” on December 1, Hindustan Times reported. “There was no need to agitate anymore,” he added.

The Maharashtra State Backward Class Commission submitted on Thursday its report on social and economic conditions of the Maratha community to state Chief Secretary D K Jain. According to a government source, the report has made favourable recommendations on the demands of the Maratha community for reservation in government jobs and educational institutions, without disturbing the quota granted to Other Backward Classes (OBC).

A government source said the commission went through 2 lakh memorandums submitted to it, surveys of about 45,000 families as well as empirical data on the social, financial and educational backwardness of the Maratha community. (Also Read: Reservation Won’t Guarantee Employment as There Are no Jobs, Says Nitin Gadkari)

“The commission went through old historical records, old verdicts, studied constitutional provision, writings by noted anthropologist, sociologist Irawati Karve and several organisations like Pune’s Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics and others,” the source said. A minister said that the Maharashtra government has to provide 16 per cent reservation to the Maratha community and “it can’t go below that”.

In July, the Maratha stir turned violent after at least 40 buses were set on fire and another 50 were damaged on Pune-Nashik highway by Maratha protesters demanding reservation in education and jobs. A state-wide bandh was called after one man hung himself in Nanded, another jumped in front of a train in Aurangabad, and a 27-year-old protester jumped into Godavari river over the demands for reservations.