Nashik rally today: OBCs unite to show might against Marathas

The decision reflects the resentment within the OBCs and Dalits following the upper caste Maratha community’s growing assertion through its silent rallies under way across the state.

Written by Shubhangi Khapre | Mumbai | Updated: October 3, 2016 5:49 am
Marathas rally, Maratha community, Maratha, OBC, Other Backward Castes, dalits, dalits maharashtra, OBC maharshtra, Nashik rally, maharshtra news, india news The Maratha protest rally in Ahmednagar on Friday. (Source: Express file photo by Shubhangi Khapre)

To display their show of strength, the Other Backward Castes (OBCs) in the state have joined hands to effectively counter the consolidation of Marathas across Maharashtra. On October 3, an OBC rally will take place in Nashik, signalling a clear polarisation on the lines of caste in the state.

The decision reflects the resentment within the OBCs and Dalits following the upper caste Maratha community’s growing assertion through its silent rallies under way across the state.

Maharashtra Malli Samaj Mahasangh (MSMM) president Anil Mahajan said, “The silent OBC rally will not have any leader. Every individual participating in the rally across regions and sub-backward castes will unite. It will be a collective leadership of OBCs.”

A senior OBC activist from Vidarbha said, “Initially, OBCs and Dalits had decided not to hold counter rallies fearing it would escalate the caste conflict with Marathas. What made them change the decision was the Kranti Maratha Morcha’s demand for reservation under the OBC category.”

In Maharashtra, quota for OBCs is 27 per cent, while that for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes is 10.5 per cent and 8 per cent, respectively. The total reservation across SC/ST/OBCs and nomadic tribes and special economically backward accounts for 51 per cent.

Mahajan said, “At Nashik rally, we will demand that the Marathas should not be included in the existing OBC category.

We want our 27 per cent quota to remain intact. The OBCs are not against Maratha reservation provided the government gives them separate quota.”

With the silent rallies by the Maratha community eliciting some promises and assurances, Dalits have already
started staging demonstrations in the districts of Marathwada to warn that they would not like any tampering with the reservation norms or any amendment to the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act, as demanded by the Marathas.

The OBC mobilisation has already begun across dominant constituencies such as Dhule, Nandurbar, Jalgaon, Akola, Buldhana, Yavatmal, Beed, Parbhani, Jalna, Hingoli, Solapur, Pune and Mumbai.

More than 3,500 vehicles have been deployed to ferry the people to the Nashik rally venue by the organisers. Individuals and groups have also organised food and arranged other logistics, complete with 20 medical vans and a team of 50 doctors.

Though the exact amount to be spent on the rally would be calculated later, an MMSM member said, “We have already
collected Rs 40 lakh. But every OBC individual is contributing in different ways by arranging transport, food, lodging etc.”

A sizeable number of Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh (BBM) supporters have extended their solidarity to the rally. Sources in the BBM said since it was not under any political banner, BBM leader Prakash Ambedkar might not object to the individuals’ decision to participate in the OBC rally. However, Prakash, grandson of late B R Ambedkar, has been appealing to OBCs and Dalits not to get provoked by Maratha rallies.

Mahajan said, “We are not going to raise any anti-Maratha slogan at the rally. Our demand will be to not include Marathas under OBC category. Our OBC rally is not against the state government. We will also urge the government to provide bail to our leader Chhagan Bhujbal, an OBC leader undergoing treatment in a Mumbai hospital.” Senior NCP leader Bhujbal was arrested following charges of corruption.

Sensing the OBC mobilisation, political leaders from mainstream parties are trying to extend their support. Not surprisingly, NCP leader Ajit Pawar appealed to party workers to attend the Nashik rally. Bhujbal’s MLA son Pankaj has also appealed to people to participate in the rally to show support to his father.

Mahajan, however, warned, “The NCP leaders should not interfere with out OBC rally.”
According to Latur-based Dalit activist Keshav Kamble, “Although Marathas claim it to be silent rallies, the motive is to show their strength. As a result, it automatically leads Dalits/OBCs to unite. Gradually, it is veering towards 33 per cent Marathas versus 67 per cent non-Marathas in rural Maharashtra.”

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    GandhiSpeaks
    Oct 3, 2016 at 2:31 am
    Again a show of illiteracy. Bhujbal was caught for corruption, and he amed wealth of a king by corruption. Yet this OBC's want to support him. In Maharashtra some members of the Pawars, Bhujbal and Thackrey families have ruined the State. It is sad to see a prosperous State and its people been exploited by some politicians. BMC, Adarash Society are case in point.
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      Saurabh
      Oct 3, 2016 at 7:32 am
      Get well soon..!
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        Saurabh
        Oct 3, 2016 at 7:02 am
        It's good that now people are coming forward to show their opposition to Maratha andolan. Marathas where spreading rumors that OBC and SC/ST are supporting them, this now stands exposed. Maratha andolan Is taking government for granted..
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          Saurabh
          Oct 3, 2016 at 7:19 am
          Keep dreaming of reservations and Atrocities Act. Nothing will happen 😂😂😂
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            Saurabh
            Oct 3, 2016 at 7:12 am
            Yes, this OBC rally is in support for chagan bhujbal only.
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              Subhash Bennur
              Oct 3, 2016 at 3:48 am
              This cannot be a faceless meet. Opposition politicians are playing shadow game knowing that the carpet is being slowly pulled their own feet. It is NCP and Chaggan Bhujbal being both Maratha and OBC faceless meet. These guys are kala nags and hope god will punish them suitably.
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                claire smith
                Oct 3, 2016 at 2:11 am
                everyone in india should be given quotalt;br/gt;higher the potion lower the quotalt;br/gt;guess parsis will get highest quotslt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;mindless people...
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                  Alok gautam
                  Oct 3, 2016 at 8:48 am
                  Before SC, ST and OBC, now upper cl..let's reserve 100%...we deserve for our own plight...god only can save this country...
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                    harshad
                    Oct 3, 2016 at 8:02 am
                    sc/st shouls refrain from attending such rally.it is none of their business.they are not going to gain or loose from this morcha
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                      Rashmikant
                      Oct 3, 2016 at 5:38 am
                      Surgical Srikes are needed for all miscreats and people who gather crowds for nonsense issues like reservations. may it be Jat, Patel , maratha or Dalit. They are acting as Anti India when India is Fighting against stan terror
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                        JayHind
                        Oct 3, 2016 at 1:57 am
                        Good going RSS first you divided hindu and Muslim now upper and lower cast wake up 70% HINDU OF THE HINDUSTAN
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                          M Prabhu
                          Oct 3, 2016 at 3:52 am
                          Narendra Modi should immediately replace Devendra Fadnavis with a good, capable OBC person to be the chief minister of Maharashtra. For D Fadnavis does not belong to any of the majority castes of Maharashtra.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Putting Khattar in Haryana and Fadnavis in Maharashtra as CMs has become a recipe for caste wars.
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                            Mayur Panghaal
                            Oct 3, 2016 at 2:24 am
                            India is sitting on a powder keg of emotions on the back of an economic crisis.Civil war looks closer than ever now.This is serious stuff.God help us all.
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                              Mayur Panghaal
                              Oct 3, 2016 at 2:22 am
                              Is indias economic state in doldrums propelling these caste wars all over ?lt;br/gt;This is a serious issue.If all out conflict starts , the consequences will be devastating
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                                The Maratha
                                Oct 3, 2016 at 6:13 am
                                OBC are NOT against Marathas.lt;br/gt;Even 50% marathas are OBC.
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                                  PRAVIN S
                                  Oct 3, 2016 at 10:01 am
                                  good
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                                    PRAVIN S
                                    Oct 3, 2016 at 6:41 am
                                    90% Marathi actor/ actress are mar atha , CM 90 % are Mar atha , 90 % sugar mills and cooperative societies and farming land is with Ma ratha – as per potion basis 33% Maratha potion they have three time excess reservations – so now give them reservations by talking away their 66 % extra land and cooperative societies from them , bar marathas from becoming CM and actor / actress for next 150 years ( as they already enjo reservation for 50 years )lt;br/gt;How come a CM son become flop actor – I suppose by only recommendation or / political bargain if he had talent y he not become big scientist / IAS /IPS / govt seat doctor lt;br/gt;Remove all reservations , means remove all bra hmi ns from temple priest post and give them reservations of excreta cleaning , manual scavenging , laborers jobs lt;br/gt;Remove all higher caste from jud ges posts and give them pe on jobs lt;br/gt;Let all higher caste share menial jobs lt;br/gt;Then collect all wealth from all people and distribute equally among all caste people lt;br/gt;Distribute all land among all equally lt;br/gt;Cancel dual NRI citizenship of all br ah mi ns and hi ghe r caste – lt;br/gt;Then u can remove reservations – but practically reservations will remain and will turn ch a tu r varna upside down – dalits in future wl be neo-b r a hm ins
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                                      PRAVIN S
                                      Oct 3, 2016 at 6:39 am
                                      u require brain surgery without stike
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                                        ramu (USA)
                                        Oct 3, 2016 at 2:07 am
                                        China has progressed beyond any Indian's imagination. It is impossible to win a war against them. stan army seems to be able to attack India any place they wish. India busy with caste and creed. India as a meaningful nation will not last beyond hundred years if this caste reservations don't end soon.
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                                          sahil
                                          Oct 3, 2016 at 5:55 am
                                          the dream of hindu reich seems far off, jhandelwalan people would be very worried seeing this.
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                                            George
                                            Oct 3, 2016 at 2:17 am
                                            Only SC/ST reservation should be there. OBC reservation should be abolished. Creamy layer should be introduced in SC/ST reservation. The present agitations appear to be RSS instigated policy of abolishing reservations. Outside SC/ST communities, there can be reservation based on income.
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