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Government Efforts to Prevent Mumbai Disruption Amidst Maratha Reservation Protest

Manoj Jarange Patil's Mumbai Morcha Poses Law and Order Concerns

January 25, 2024: In a bid to avert potential chaos and maintain law and order in Mumbai, the Maharashtra government is actively working to dissuade Manoj Jarange Patil and his Maratha Reservation protesters from entering the city. The Mumbai Morcha, led by Patil, is scheduled to reach Navi Mumbai today, with plans to strike in Mumbai on Friday. The government has initiated efforts to convince Patil to halt the march, considering the possible disturbances and law enforcement challenges that may arise if the massive crowd proceeds into Mumbai.

The government’s concerns were escalated when a petition was filed in court, highlighting the potential standstill Mumbai could face if Jarange Patil’s protest in Azad Maidan and the subsequent march were not prevented. Despite the government’s request to block Patil’s entry into the city, the court ruled against such action, allowing the Maratha leader to proceed with the protest.

To avoid any potential law and order problems in Mumbai, the state government has strategically planned to block the Maratha march in Navi Mumbai, leading to the closure of the Mumbai Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) for two days. Authorities are engaged in discussions with Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, and Ajit Pawar to find a resolution. The government aims to convince Manoj Jarange to hold the protest in Navi Mumbai until the State Backward Classes Commission’s report is released.

As part of these efforts, the Maratha protestors, currently situated in Lonavala, have been instructed to stay in the area. The decision to proceed to Mumbai will be determined by afternoon discussions. If an agreeable decision is not reached, directives are being issued for the protesters to head towards Mumbai.

In addition, today’s stay in Navi Mumbai sees the closure of all five markets in the APMC premises. The decision aims to support the cause of the Maratha protestors and ensure a peaceful demonstration without disrupting the regular activities in Mumbai. The government continues to navigate the situation, aiming to strike a balance between public expression and the need for maintaining order in the city.

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