Mumbai was on Wednesday deluged by a mammoth ‘Maratha storm’ with thousands of people from the politically powerful community began their first, biggest and mammoth ‘silent procession’, leading to the Maharashtra government announcing a slew of measures.
The ‘mook morcha’ which took off from the Byculla Zoo and terminated at the historic Azad Maidan – a distance of around six km – with hundreds of thousands marching peacefully and silently but making a loud political statement for the ruling establishment.
In the day, many parts of the city resembled a sea of people as several thousands walked at a medium pace, sporting saffron turbans, carrying big and small saffron community flags.
Several top leaders of various political parties, including former chief ministers Narayan Rane and Ashok Chavan, senior Congress and Nationalist Congress Party leaders also joined the procession and interacted with the participants.
Started on August 9, 2016, with processions in 57 cities, the MKM made its maiden entry in the state capital on Wednesday and ended the year-long campaign for reservation by submitting a memorandum to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
Fadnavis later announced that a cabinet sub-committee would be set up to review the issues raised by the Maratha Kranti Morcha and take necessary steps.