The lakhs of participants of the Maratha Morcha who poured into Azad Maidan throughout the day may have been inconvenient for vehicles and pedestrians, but were a boon to vendors and shopkeepers who saw brisk business through Wednesday.
Volunteers at the rally said that though the crowd started proceeding towards Azad Maidan at 10 am, the entire strength could only make it inside by 1.30 pm owing to the rush. Stay-over arrangements for those who arrived in the city on Tuesday were also made.
Muslim groups too extended their support to Maratha Kranti Morcha in Mumbai on Wednesday. Different Muslim groups put up benches at Byculla, Nagpada and CSMT where they provided food and water to the participants of the Morcha.
A delegation of Maratha Kranti Morcha called on Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday and submitted a list of demands. Fadnavis told the delegation about the steps his government was taking to address the concerns of the community.
At least 2,000 protesters from Thane will join lakhs of others marching from Byculla to Azad Maidan. Their demands are the same as those of Marathas elsewhere — reservation for the economically backward Marathas in jobs and higher education. To know more about the story watch out the video.