OBCs, Dalits consolidate in face of Maratha movement

Last Modified: Wed, Oct 12 2016. 01 32 AM IST

Mumbai: The unprecedented mobilization of the Maratha caste in Maharashtra is causing another kind of consolidation the activists of the community may not have anticipated.

Maharashtra’s other backward classes (OBCs) and Dalits are rallying behind the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led administrations—both in the state and the centre— hoping that they will turn down two of the Maratha demands: amendments to the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act and reservation for Marathas.

Taking a leaf from Maratha tactics, OBC organizations have started organizing silent marches. OBC organizations said their marches do not seek to counter the Maratha mobilization. But both OBCs and Dalits—who account for approximately 55% to 60% of the state’s population—are making overtures to the BJP-led government in the state as well as the centre hoping the Maratha demands will not be accepted.

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