Mumbai, July 30: Amid the ongoing Maratha reservation agitations, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray came out in support of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in the Maratha reservation and blamed Sharad Pawar for fanning it. Calling for calm in the state, Shiv Sena MLAs are expected to meet the Maharashtra CM to discuss the Maratha reservation.

At a press conference, the Shiv Sena chief urged the Maratha protesters to help in maintaining law and order in the state and said, “Maratha society should give up its aggressiveness and should not be violent anywhere,” adding, “All the MLAs of Shiv Sena will meet Chief Minister Devendra Fanadvis today. Considering all the demands of the community, let’s take a firm decision about it.”

Meanwhile, section 144 (prohibits assembly of more than 4 people in an area) has been imposed in Chakan following violent protests in the area over Maratha reservation issue, news agency ANI reported.

Maratha outfit Maratha Kranti Morcha have been protesting across the state demanding reservation in government jobs and education. Besides reservation for the Maratha community, loan waiver, Kopardi rape, and unemployment are some of the other issues against which the community has been protesting for last 10 days.

On July 27, Fadnavis had called for an all-party meet to discuss and solve the ongoing Maratha stir. He had then said that the government will pass a resolution based on the recommendations of the Maharashtra State Backward Classes Commission (MSBCC) and that all the parties have decided to take a unanimous decision on the matter of the Maratha reservation issue.

“All parties have the same opinion on Maratha reservation issue and we have decided to take a unanimous stand on the matter,” he said, adding, “We’re ready to cooperate with colleges if they have any practical problem, but if they deliberately try to trouble Maratha students over fee concessions, the education department will cancel their registration.”

Fadnavis had also urged the protesters to maintain calm and order and not resort to violence.