Maratha Kranti Morcha demands apology from Devendra Fadnavis for alleging that it was planning violence at Pandharpur

The Maratha Kranti Morcha on Monday demanded an apology from chief minister Devendra Fadnavis for alleging that some members from the community were planning violence at Pandharpur.

Press Trust of India July 24, 2018 11:12:15 IST
Maratha Kranti Morcha demands apology from Devendra Fadnavis for alleging that it was planning violence at Pandharpur

Pune: The Maratha Kranti Morcha on Monday demanded an apology from chief minister Devendra Fadnavis for alleging that some members from the community were planning violence at Pandharpur.

"The CM, while using objectionable language against the Maratha community, said that he had intelligence inputs that some organisations were planning violence to disrupt his visit to the Lord Vitthal Temple in Pandharpur," said Pravin Gaikwad, one of the coordinators of MKM.

Maratha Kranti Morcha demands apology from Devendra Fadnavis for alleging that it was planning violence at Pandharpur

File image of Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. PTI

"All these allegations are baseless. Till date, the Maratha community has taken out 58 mookmorchas (silent marches) in the state and all these morchas were peaceful in nature. Not a single case of violence was reported during these morchas," Gaikwad claimed.

Stating that warkaris (pilgrims who arrive on foot at Pandharpur during Ashadhi Ekadashi) were farmers, Gaikwad said that it was the children of warkaris who were demanding reservations in jobs and education. Demanding an apology, Gaikwad dared Fadnavis to make the intelligence report public.

At another event in Pune's Chinchwad area, a woman activist reportedly from a Maratha organisation, tried to raise slogans at a function attended by Fadnavis. She tried to raise slogans when Fadnavis rose to address a gathering at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Krantiveer Chaphekar National Museum in Chinchwad.

Earlier, police had detained 20 members of the MKM ahead of the CM's Chinchwad visit. Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Fadnavis had said that "Police have intercepted some messages, like 'will release snakes among devotees', 'could create a situation that would lead to stampede', among others." "Efforts are being made by some organisations and people that could create a life-threatening situation in Pandharpur," the chief minister had said.

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