Maratha Reservation struggle is for future generation: Mete

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Nashik, Oct 15 (UNI) Former NCP leader and president of 'Shivsangram' Vinayak Mete today termed his fight for 'Maratha Reservation' as the struggle for welfare and safety of the future generations of Maratha Community.

Addressing a meet, organised by the Maratha Reservation Committee here, Mr Mete said, ''This battle is also for the poor, women and students, who do not get justice despite having merit and capability. There is no politics in this, we want 25 per cent reservation from the OBC quota.'' ''Revolutions and agitations need martyrs and sacrifice. I will be the first to sacrifice my life for this cause,'' he said.

He criticised former Maharashtra Chief Minister Babasaheb Bhosle as the ''one who caused maximum loss to the Maratha community''.

Though without naming, Mr Mete also criticised Public Works Department Minister Chhagan Bhujbal, as he said, ''When we come together for our cause, people call it casteism, whereas, when others gather at Shivaji Park, they say it is social equality.'' He also told people to consider the position of Maratha community in various fields such as education, administration, business and sports.

Meanwhile, he also demanded immediate commencement of work for the proposed Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Memorial in the Arabian Sea in Mumbai.

The meet witnessed coming together of prominent leaders from various political organisations, including district Deputy Mayor Ajay Boraste (BJP), Shiv Sena district chief Datta Gaikwad, metropolitan chief Nilesh Chavan, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena leader Nitin Bhosale.

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