What is the Maratha Kranti Morcha rally in Mumbai all about

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Maratha community says they are ready for 'historic' finale march

The silent protest march begun at 11 a.m. and will conclude around 5p.m.at Azad Maidan.

This is the first-ever silent Maratha Kranti Morcha in Mumbai - and the 58th across Maharashtra which coincided with the 75th anniversary of 1942 Quit India Movement when Mahatma Gandhi gave the clarion call of "Karenge Ya Marenge" (Do or Die).

The upper caste community's representatives will submit a memorandum to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who said today that his government has informed the Bombay High Court that it is in favour of extending reservation policies to Marathas.

For nearly a year, Maharashtra's politically and socially influential Maratha community has been taking to the streets across the state. It is a cakewalk for them to get admissions in a popular college or to get a government job.

For educational reservations, CM Fadnavis has extended all the educational concessions that Other Backward Communities (OBC) receive to the Marathas as well, which includes 605 streams where OBCs now get benefits.

Malad resident Vipul Mane, a participant, said, "We would like to thank members of the community for making this march a success, and more importantly, for being disciplined".

Their silent protest, the group says, is a peaceful way to press demand for reservation in jobs and educational institutions and punishment for culprits in the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl in Kopardi. The Muslim Council Trust of South Mumbai stood with posters in support of the Maratha community.

All the Maratha leaders across political parties, supported the protest rally and alleged that the government was delaying implementation of reservation for the community.

"The government shall amend the rules to make the caste validity applicable for blood relations in the community", he said.

The Chief Minister informed that the Kopardi case would be heard after the defence counsel examines the last witness on August 17.

For farmers, the state government would provide assistance on agrarian loans up to Rs 10 lakh, Fadnavis reportedly assured the delegation of protesters which met him.

In the day, many parts of the city resembled a sea of people as several lakhs walked at a medium pace, sporting saffron turbans, carrying big and small saffron community flags.

On the other hand, sebior Congress leader Narayan Rane has reached Azad Maidan.

Schools in South Mumbai were closed on Wednesday.

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