Maratha reservation: NCP MLA Prakash Solanke’s Beed house set on fire by protesters
The Maratha reservation protests in Maharashtra have taken a violent turn, as agitators have turned aggressive in their demands. This surge in intensity culminated in a shocking incident where protesters targeted the residence of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLA Prakash Solanke in Majalgaon, Beed district, leading to destruction by arson.
The flames quickly engulfed the entire house, causing significant damage, while the occupants fortunately escaped without injuries. Reacting to the attack, NCP MLA Prakash Solanke stated, “I was inside my house when the attack occurred. Luckily, none of my family members or staff were injured, but the property has suffered heavy losses due to the fire.”
The Maratha reservation movement, marked by peaceful protests in its initial stages, has evolved into a more confrontational phase, drawing attention to the demands for reservation in government jobs and education for the community under the Other Backward Classes (OBC) category.
Adding to the unrest, concerns have been raised that providing reservation to the Marathas could potentially deprive the OBC community of their existing quota. Representatives from the OBC community have emphasized their fear that Marathas may be granted a separate reservation outside of the OBC quota.
In response to these evolving developments, BJP Member of Parliament Ramdas Tadas stated, “Reservations should be provided to those who need them. The Maratha community should be granted a separate reservation.”
The situation remains fluid, with protest leaders steadfast in their commitment to securing Maratha reservations, even as the state government assures its dedication to the cause. The protests have been marked by intensified demonstrations and demands that continue to evolve, as community leaders seek resolution.