The Maratha community has been demanding reservation in the fields of education and employment since August 2016. After protesting for almost a year, the community, on Wednesday, took out its 58th and last silent rally or a ‘muk-morcha‘ in Mumbai. The rally was so huge that it brought traffic in many parts of the financial capital of the country to a standstill. Among other demands of the Maratha community during the morcha were reservations for them in education and employment.
In order to placate the massive rally, Maharashtra chief minister announced that the educational concessions that are currently enjoyed by the Other Backward Classes (OBC) community of the state will now also be extended to Marathas. Devendra Fadnavis also said that he would constitute a cabinet committee that would review the implementation of schemes benefiting Marathas. It is important to note that the demands of reservation as well as the rally by Marathas were supported by Muslims.
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Abu Azmi also said that a 5 percent reservation for Muslims in the field of education is necessary for their progress. He pointed out that Muslims comprise close to 20 per cent of the national population, therefore, unless the community progresses, India can’t become a developed country. Hence, granting reservation to Muslims, according to Azmi, is indispensable.