Pune: Protesters Perform Dashakriya Ceremony in Chinchwad Over Delayed Maratha Reservation Decision

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Chinchwad, 31st October 2023: In a compelling display of frustration over the government’s delay in addressing the Maratha reservation issue, protesters in Chinchwad resorted to performing the Dashakriya ritual on Tuesday (31st October). The ritual was organized by the Pimpri Chinchwad Maratha Kranti Morcha to draw attention to the ongoing hunger strikes and agitations for Maratha reservation.

The demand for Maratha reservation has been an ongoing issue, with the government taking a staggering 47 days to resolve it, despite a promised 30-day deadline. Manoj Jarange-Patil has been on a hunger strike for the past seven days at Antarvali Sarati, and the Maratha community’s youth has resorted to drastic measures, including suicide, to highlight their plight.

The government has yet to announce a concrete stance on the Maratha reservation issue. In response to this inaction, a representative of the government participated in the Dasakriya ritual at Morya Gosavi Dashkriya Vidhi Ghat in Chinchwadgaon, organized by the Maratha Kranti Morcha in Pimpri Chinchwad.

During the ceremony, women also joined the protest, vehemently expressing their disappointment with the government’s handling of the matter. Manoj Jarange Patil, who spearheaded the movement for Maratha reservation, had initially received assurances from Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, who pledged a decision within 40 days. However, despite meetings and programs held by the Chief Minister and Deputy Minister, a definitive resolution on Maratha reservation remains elusive, leaving many to feel that the government has failed the Maratha community.