Mumbai, Aug 8: The Maratha Kranti Morcha (MKM) on Wednesday said that it would hold Maharashtra Bandh tomorrow, that is, on August 9 to register protest in the reservation issue to the Maratha community. The MKM members from across the state would meet today in Aurangabad to decide upon the nature of shutdown.
One of the MKM members, Shantaram Kunjir, who also happens to be one of the coordinators of the agitation said that the meeting today will focus on the issue of peaceful agitation. It would advise the youth not to take the law in their own hands. Kunjir said, “Through appeals and exhortations, we are trying to ensure that the August 9 bandh is a peaceful one.” Adding to this he said that much destruction was caused during the protest earlier, hence a peaceful agitation is being ensured.
Kunjir also asked the protestors to maintain law and order and not take it in their hand as many agitators were behind bars already. Speaking on the bandh, he added that there was no question of calling it off as they had already announced it. Another MKM member Santosh Shinde said, “We will be requesting all establishments and the public to cooperate during the shutdown. However, we will ensure that agitators do not resort to violent acts or destruction of public property during the course of the shutdown.”
For the unversed, the court on Tuesday scheduled the next hearing on the reservation issue on September 10 and urged the Maratha protestors to refrain from committing suicides or indulging in violence.
Meanwhile, protesters continued to demonstrate ‘sit-ins’ outside the homes of prominent leaders Members of Parliament (MPs) and Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs). The demonstrators protested outside opposition leaders’residence like Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar and Maharashtra Congress president Ashok Chavan, both of whom have announced their firm backing of the agitation.