Pune: Prime Minister Modi’s Visit to Maharashtra Amidst Growing Maratha Reservation Concerns

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Pune, 1st February 2024: Amid escalating tensions surrounding the Maratha reservation issue in Maharashtra, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Maharashtra once again, with his upcoming stop being in Satara district on February 19, coinciding with Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s Birth Anniversary.

The Maratha community’s dissatisfaction with the BJP’s stance on the reservation has sparked significant discussions, with some asserting that public opinion is turning against the party. Manoj Jarange Patil, a prominent Maratha reservation protestor, organized a public meeting at Kharadi in Pune, raising concerns about the prevailing sentiments. Patil also took the opportunity to stage a stay in Pune while en route to Mumbai.

Against this backdrop, Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Maharashtra gains significance as he is frequently invited for Bhoomipujan and dedication programs for various development projects. His recent visits to Mumbai, Nashik, and Solapur districts have already stirred the political landscape in Maharashtra.

On February 19, Prime Minister Modi is expected to arrive at Pune Airport from Delhi, proceeding to Satara by helicopter. The visit includes the inauguration of the new terminal at Pune Airport. Additionally, a three-day exhibition, organized by the Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises in the defence sector, awaits the Prime Minister at Moshi in Pune.

The exhibition, held every two years in major cities across the country, aims to showcase advancements and innovations in the defence sector. Maharashtra Government has specifically requested the Prime Minister’s Office to ensure Modi’s presence at both the Pune Airport terminal inauguration and the defence sector exhibition.

The visit comes at a critical juncture for the state government, seeking to address the concerns of the Maratha community while showcasing development initiatives and collaborations in the defence sector. Prime Minister Modi’s presence is expected to draw attention to these important issues, further shaping the political discourse in Maharashtra.