Mumbai, August 9: At least 2,000 people from Thane have joined the Maratha Kranti Morcha’s silent protest that will be carried out in Mumbai today. The protest will start at 11 am from Jijamata Udyan, Byculla and end at 5 pm at Azad Maidan. Many Marathas from all over Maharashtra will be a part of this huge Morcha in Mumbai today. From Thane, everyone from a book binder to businessmen, are expected to be a part of this protest.

“We do not have a leader. We met through this movement and in fact got introduced to many Marathas around us,” said Dilip Shinde, coordinator of the rally from Thane, to Indian Express. The aim of this protest is to seek reservation for the economically backward Marathas in jobs and higher education, skill development, including vocational training and voicing their grievances at the alleged incorrect use of the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 against them.

“We were a part of different Maratha mandals and organisations in Thane. In October last year, when a small rally was hosted in the city, we tried to create awareness among our acquaintances to encourage better participation. Since then, we have extended support to other state rallies,” said Sachin Kadam, a property consultant in Thane. The Maratha Kranti Morcha carried over 50 protests in the state from last one year.

Due to this huge protest today in Mumbai, the city police and traffic police have released traffic advisory for citizens to inform them about the roads to avoid and prefer while travelling today. The police will keep a track on the Morcha using CCTV camera, drones, to make sure the protest is carried out peacefully and no one is affected and there’s no violation of law and order.