Mumbai, July 27: While the organisation has ended its agitation, the Maratha Kranti Morcha (MKM) has demanded Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis‘ resignation over violence during the Maratha stir this week. They have also demanded that a criminal case be registered against Fadnavis, said a leading daily on Friday.

The MKM also sought for a “confidential report” that he reportedly received on the alleged release of snakes among warkaris to cause trouble on Ashadhi Ekadashi (July 23), said The Indian Express. However, the report said, some leaders were of the view that an apology from Fadnavis would “end the controversy”. Manoj Aakhare, regional president of Sambhaji Brigade, an organisation under the MKM, alleged that the CM’s statement had hurt the image of the community. “He should make the report public. We want to know whether the CM was fibbing or telling the truth,” he said. (Also read: Fadnavis Meets Quota Panel)

“The Maratha community was already angry with the Chief Minister for announcing recruitment for 72,000 posts. It had threatened to gherao him in Pandharpur during the wari. He decided to cancel his visit and made nasty comments about the community. It hurt the image of the community,” Aakhare said. He said they had asked all Maratha community MLAs to submit their resignations in solidarity to the community. “They can’t remain silent spectators when the community is holding protests and getting defamed. If they don’t resign, they will also face protests,” Aakhare said. The Sambhaji Brigade has also demanded Fadnavis’ resignation and even sought his arrest as they held him responsible for the suicide of an Aurangabad youth.