Sakal Maratha Samaj’s ‘Maharashtra bandh’ mixed response in city

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Aug 2018 10:18:26


(1) A symbol of strength: Womenfolk of Maratha community waiving saffron flags during demonstration at Gandhi Gate against backdrop of imposing statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

(2) The ever-bustling Mor Bhawan is testimony of effect of bandh observed in city on call given by Sakal Maratha Samaj.

(3) Protesting Maratha community members who stormed the Town Hall where Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Mayor Nanda Jichkar were chairing meeting with members of Ganesh Utsav Mandals.


Staff Reporter,

The ‘Maharashtra bandh’ call given by Sakal Maratha Samaj on Kranti Din evoked mixed response in the city. Though in city the bandh passed of peacefully, railway police prevented a youth who attempted suicide at Mankapur on Thursday afternoon. The bandh affected movement of public transport services which were off the road as a matter of abundant precaution.
Private taxies, auto-rickshaws were off the road in major part of the city though bandh was not deliberately enforced by the supporters.

Most of schools had already declared a holiday as a matter of abundant precaution and hence many vehicles were already off the roads. The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) did not run its inter-district buses that led to severe inconvenience to travellers. People had to wait till evening when bus service was resumed to the relief of all.

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) also did not run its city bus service due to fear of violence, it is learnt. Mor Bhawan wore a deserted look giving a breather to citizens from regular traffic snarls in mid city area.

The commercial establishments went with the feelings of Maratha community and took a day off. All the major markets of city were closed today on the appeal made by Sakal Maratha Samaj that is demanding reservations in Government jobs and educational institutions. To showcase their strength, Sakal Maratha Samaj gave the call of Statewide bandh coinciding with Kranti Din. The wholesale market of Itwari, entire establishments on Central Avenue, Gandhibagh, remained closed throughout the day. Markets in Sitabuldi and Dharampeth too did not open today.

The community members gathered in front of statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj at Gandhi Gate since morning. Raje Mudhoji Bhosle, scion of erstwhile rulers of Nagpur Kingdom, led the agitation and Sakal Maratha Samaj of city. Women and youth were at forefront of agitation on the agitation and raised slogans in support of reservation to Maratha community.

At various places in city, the youth and womenfolk resorted to rasta roko that affected the vehicular movement. The bandh enforcers were more aggressive in Mahal area, their core area, where people had to take detour to reach various place and more particularly Town Hall where civic administration had called a meeting of Ganesh Utsav Mandals.

Small rallies were taken out in various parts of city and during afternoon the Maratha community marched to Collectorate from Mahal. A delegation later met with District Collector and submitted their memorandum of demands.