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Maratha Community Leader Warns State Leaders Over Reservation Demand

Manoj Jarange Patil demands reservation for Marathas and warns state leaders about the consequences.

October 28, 2023: Manoj Jarange Patil, a prominent leader in the Maratha community, has issued a stern warning to the state’s top political figures, including Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar. His warning stems from the Maratha community’s demand for reservation in the state. Jarange Patil is currently on a hunger strike to emphasize this demand and to put pressure on the government.

Jarange Patil’s warning was delivered with strong words. He conveyed that if the Maratha community’s plea for reservation is disregarded, the path forward would become increasingly arduous. He also discouraged the leaders from touring villages without taking substantive action, stating that the solution lies in Mumbai. Instead, he urged them to support the Maratha cause by proposing and passing a resolution for reservation during a one-day special session in Mumbai.

In his passionate appeal, Jarange Patil declared, “Start fasting to the death to emphasize the age limit. Commence the second phase of fasting from tomorrow, starting on the 29th. Unite the villages in a collective fast. Will a village united in a fast exert enough pressure on the government? Will it make the government take us seriously?” he questioned. He went on to emphasize that they didn’t want any political leader to visit their villages nor did they wish to visit the politicians’ doors. Furthermore, Jarange Patil emphasized that if anyone’s life was endangered during the hunger strike, the Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister, and the state government would bear full responsibility. He reassured supporters that the third phase of the protest would begin on the 1st, and he discouraged any extreme actions, saying, “Don’t commit suicide.”

When asked about his health during the hunger strike, Jarange Patil acknowledged a minor issue due to the lack of water but highlighted that the society’s problems were more pressing and that they were being deliberately ignored.

He pressed on, saying that the state government needed to address the Maratha reservation issue. “Those who have assumed leadership roles must answer the public’s questions. We will wait until 6 o’clock for an honest response. It will determine the government’s integrity,” he noted.

Ajit Pawar, responding to questions about the opposition to his visit to Baramati for a factory-related event, emphasized the importance of unity. “No party leader should go against the community’s decisions. The government should prioritize the community’s concerns. Opposition and ruling MLAs should come together in Mumbai to find a solution for the Maratha community’s reservation. We must fight this battle together,” he asserted.

When questioned about whether Eknath Shinde and Devendra Fadnavis had made contact, Jarange Patil stated that they had not received any calls or responses. He cautioned that if the government continued to ignore the Maratha community’s demands, they would witness the intensity and persistence of the Maratha movement’s second and third phases. The road ahead, he warned, would be anything but smooth for the state’s political leaders.

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