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Second OBC ‘Elgar rally’ in Maharashtra’s Hingoli tomorrow | Mumbai News

The second ‘Elgar rally’ by OBC community against Maratha reservation will be held in Hingoli on Sunday.

The first OBC Elgar rally was held in Ambad tehsil of Jalna district, nearly 25 kilometres from Antarwali Saarati village where Maratha quota activist Manoj Jarange-Patil was sitting on a fast-unto-death demanding Kunbi (OBC) certificate for Marathas.

Speaking about the rally, OBC leader Prakash Shendge said: “The rally is to protect the OBC community. The rally in Hingoli would be the biggest in the history. Lakhs of people will lock their houses and attend the rally along with family members. Minister Chhagan Bhujbal, Congress leader Vijay Wadettiwar, Minister Sanjay Rathod along with local MLA Santosh Bangar will attend the rally. There is an attempt by Maratha community to snatch the reservation of poor OBCs and hence the OBC community is coming together to oppose this.”

The OBC leaders and community are demanding that Kunbi caste certificates should not be issued to Marathas until the caste census is done.

Earlier, Bhujbal had raised concerns over giving blanket reservation to Marathas from OBC quota and also took on the state government over its handling of the Maratha quota stir and questioning its ‘mollycoddling’ of Maratha activists.

Festive offer

The OBC leaders had then warned of an intense agitation if reservation is granted to Marathas under the OBC category by issuing Kunbi caste certificates to all Marathas and warned of approaching the court against the decision.

Meanwhile, Wadettiwar, who had earlier taken objection to Minister Chhagan Bhujbal’s statements regarding the Maratha community, saying that the statements are creating a rift between the two communities and hence he would not be attending any rally of the OBCs if Bhujbal is present in that forum, has now changed his stand and will be attending the rally in Hingoli on Sunday.

Announcing his decision to attend the OBC rally in Hingoli district, Wadettiwar said his job is to fight for the interests of OBCs and hence he will be going to the rally.

“For the past two days, thousands of OBC community members requested me to attend the rally by phone. OBC leaders also have the same feeling. I received several calls urging me to attend the rally. Hence I am going to the meeting in Hingoli on the insistence of the people,” he said.

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