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Muslims mobilise in Marathwada for reservation

Rallies held in major cities of the region have attracted lakhs of supporters.

Written by Zeeshan Shaikh | Mumbai |
December 4, 2016 6:11:32 am
Marathwada, Muslims mobilise, Marathwada muslims, reservation, marathwada reservation demand, marathwada protests, india news, indian express news The Muslim community carried out a silent march in Sillod, Aurangabad, on Friday.

In the backdrop of the ongoing Maratha unrest in Maharashtra for reservation in jobs and education, there has been a massive mobilisation of the Muslim community in Marathwada for the same cause. Lakhs of Muslims were seen carrying out silent marches on Friday in Sillod, Aurangabad. Other major cities of Marathwada, including Nanded and Latur, have also seen similar marches recently. Their next rally is slated to be held in Beed.

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The protests, led by Muslim Aarakshan Sangharsh Kruti Samiti — an umbrella organisation of all Muslim political, social and religious organisations — have demanded 10 per cent reservation for Muslims and the protection of Muslim Personal Law, among other privileges.

Marathwada has the second highest concentration of Muslims in Maharashtra after Mumbai. Muslims, who make up 11.5 per cent of Maharashtra’s population, constitute over 15 per cent of Marathwada’s population. One of every third person in the eight major cities and towns of Marathwada is a Muslim.

“These are peaceful silent marches to pressurise the government for our demands. These are not political rallies but a movement that has grown from the community,” a convenor of the Muslim Aarakshan Sangharsh Kruti Samiti said.

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