Rahul Gandhi calls meeting of Maharashtra Congress leaders on Maratha quota

Congress president Rahul Gandhi has called a meeting of senior party leaders from Maharashtra on August 8 to discuss the ongoing agitation of the Maratha community for reservation.

The meeting will be held in Delhi, said a senior Congress leader here. The agitation of the politically influential Maratha community has put the BJP-led state government on the back foot, with protests taking a violent turn in many parts of the state.

Many Congress MLAs had announced last week that they would resign from the Assembly to put pressure on the government to accede to the demand. State Congress chief Ashok Chavan had said the decision in this regard would be taken after a discussion with the party’s central leadership.

The Maratha community constitutes about 30 per cent of the state population. Elections to the Maharashtra Assembly are due next year.

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