Maharashtra: Protesters Set State Transport Bus on Fire Amid Maratha Reservation Issue

National Desk, 26th February: In the midst of ongoing protests over Maratha reservation, several demonstrators set a State Transport bus ablaze at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Chowk in Tirthpuri city of Ambad taluka, Maharashtra.

The Maratha community has been expressing discontent towards the state government concerning Maratha reservation policies.

Meanwhile, the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) has halted bus services in Jalna until further notice. This decision came following the advice of SP Jalna after a bus was allegedly set on fire by Maratha Agitators.

A police complaint has been registered by the Ambad Depot Manager of MSRTC at a local police station following the incident.

The Maratha community has been persistently demonstrating against the state government regarding Maratha reservation issues.

In February, the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly passed the Maratha Reservation Bill unanimously, aiming to provide 10 percent reservation to Marathas, surpassing the 50 percent cap.

Despite the approval of the quota bill by the Assembly, Maratha reservation activist Manoj Jarange Patil continued his hunger strike. He demanded the implementation of the ‘Sage Soyare’ ordinance notification by the NDA government within two days, warning of renewed protests by the majority community in the state starting on February 24.

Expressing dissatisfaction with the Bill, Patil emphasized that it does not fully address the demands of the Maratha community regarding reservation in government jobs and education.

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