The Other Backward Castes (OBCs) have united to counter the silent protests led by the Maratha community in Maharashtra seeking reservation from the government. On Monday, members of OBC community will organise a rally in Nashik, a reflection of the community's resentment against the Maratha movement.
According to The Indian Express, the OBCs, who have 27 percent reservation, want that percentage to remain constant and regardless of whether the Marathas get reservation or not.
The community has already started mobilisation in constituencies like Dhule, Nandurbar, Jalgaon, Akola, Buldhana, Yavatmal, Beed, Parbhani, Jalna, Hingoli, Solapur, Pune and Mumbai.
A rally was held in Yavatmal on 29 September to demand protection of constitutional rights for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and the minority communities. The rally was held under the banner of BSP and 'SC/ST Hak Samrakshan Samiti of Yavatmal'.
Among the major demands were scrupulous implementation of the amended Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, promotion of SC/ST employees working in different cadres in the government and semi-government departments and better facilities for students of the community in government and government-aided hostels.
Even the Muslim community is seeking reservation from the Devendra Fadnavis government.
The Maratha community's demands include stern action against the culprits of Kopardi rape and murder case, reservations for the community and scrapping of SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. The silent marches began after the alleged rape and murder of a Maratha girl by Dalits in Kopardi in July.
With inputs from PTI