The members of other backward class (OBC) community along with supporters of former deputy chief minister and senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Chhagan Bhujbal will take out a silent rally on Monday to support their leader who is in jail for allegedly laundering money and other cases. more than five lakh people from the OBC community in a massive show of strength, took to streets in Nashik today.
The Other Backward Class (OBC) community which comprises 41 per cent of the country's population by government estimates, also submitted a memorandum to the District Collector saying that though the OBCs are not against reservations for Marathas, the present OBC reservation should not be disturbed.
The rally is considered significant as it comes on the backdrop of several massive rallies by the Maratha community across the state demanding reservations. The OBC rally however was to primarily demand the release of OBC strongman, Chhagan Bhujbal. Bhujbal is currently in Arthur Road jail for his alleged involvement in a money laundering case.
The memorandum says, "We firmly believe that it's a political conspiracy to silence Bhujbal's voice. There is a systematic attempt to defame him. Cases were filed after planned and scripted allegations made by some leaders. Despite his full of cooperation with investigating agencies, they still proceeded to arrested him. Though the decision in question was taken by the Cabinet, it is wrong to single him out".
"We have full faith in the Judicial system and we are sure that we will get justice. But the investigating agencies should stop misleading the courts. Its unjust to silence the voice of the OBCs and it is sending a wrong message to the community", reads the Memorandum signed by the leaders of the community.
The memorandum also says that though the OBC community supports demand for reservation by the Maratha community, it should be given without disturbing the present system of reservations in place for the Other Backward Community. Senior Leaders from Bhujbal's party, the NCP too participated in the silent march. Leader of Opposition in the Upper House, Dhananjay Munde , Former state President and MLA, Jitendra Awhad were among the prominent leaders who were present.