Suresh Patil, one of the alleged presidents of the "Maratha Kranti Morcha", announced in a speech Thursday that his political party intended to reserve a reserve for the community of Maratha.
However, the launch, which took place in the historic Raireshwar Temple in Bhor Taluk, 85 km from Pune, has been criticized by other Morcha leaders who are strongly opposed to the formation of any political party to lobby for to obtain reservations.
Patil named his party "Maharashtra Kranti Sena" after giving in to pressure from other Morcha coordinators who appealed to members of the community not to support any political party using the word "Maratha". He also claimed the support of MP Udayanraje Bhosale, a member of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), a prominent leader of Maratha de Satara.
Mr Patil added that the nascent party would run for five seats in the 2019 elections in Lok Sabha.
The leaders of Maratha Kranti Morcha and Sakal Maratha Samaj – the two umbrella teams leading the agitation for quotas – moved away from Patil's new party a few hours after its launch.
The Mumbai Morcha coordinators, led by Mahesh Rane, protested near the Raireshwar Temple, while other leaders of the Maratha community of Pune, Nashik and Aurangabad, among other districts of the city. State, denied the association of Mr. Patil with the two umbrella organizations that played a crucial role in mobilizing the community in its political demands.
They nicknamed Mr. Patil as a Provocative factoracting on behalf of the ruling party, accusing it of sowing discord in the pre-election agitation for quotas.
"He [Mr. Patil] is an agent of the ruling party, Bharatiya Janata, who deliberately unleashed in order to break Maratha's agitation for a reserve, "said Rane, L & # 39; Hindu.
Speaking about Mr. Patil's "close relationship" with the BJP's top leader and Union Minister, Nitin Gadkari, Shantaram Kunjir, a Morcha coordinator from Pune, said the contribution of Mr. Patil had been "minimal" throughout the movement of quota agitation characterized by a collective decision. -manufacturing.
"From the beginning, we were resolved that the" Maratha Kranti Morcha & # 39; does not turn into a political formation led by individuals seeking to attract attention to them and to seek political gains, "said Mr. Kunjir, pointing out that Maratha's unrest had always been unique in it meant that she had no official political leader or political party at her head.
In Nashik, Morcha leaders accused Patil of backing the movement's popularity for its selfish gains.
Praveen Gaikwad, a leading community leader, said the move [of floating a political party] The ruling government, the BJP, would benefit from the desire to isolate and divide the Maratha community.
Not a first
This is not the first case where agitation has been cut by factionalism
Earlier, Abasaheb Patil, another prominent Morcha coordinator, had started an indefinite strike in Parli, Beed District, and had tried to declare Parli the future "nerve center" responsible for deciding how to proceed with the unrest. – a gesture that did not work well. with other leaders.
After having staged 58 gargantuan Muk Morchas (silent gatherings) that have shaken Maharashtra in their magnitude and magnitude since August 2016, the Morcha had called for an intensification of its agitation on the issue of reserves in June this year.
However, divisions within the leadership have been greatly relieved, especially when the demonstrations, which are no longer of a "silent" nature, have become violent and aggressive.
On July 30, the MIDC Chakan in Pune was the scene of unprecedented violence following a call for closure launched by the Morcha.
Similarly, in Maharashtra on 9 August, the Morcha-called 'bandh' provoked a wave of vandalism in the industrial hub of Aurangabad district in Waluj, damaging property owned by more than 60 companies and factories in the area. value greater than 20 crore.
While a section of the Morcha coordinators cautioned to resume an indefinite protest as early as December 1 if the state government did not grant quota to the Maratha community, it does not seem there is no consensus on decision-making within Morcha management.