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Rally for peace after caste clash

THE ASIAN AGE. | AMEY TIRODKAR
Published : Jan 10, 2018, 2:40 am IST
Updated : Jan 10, 2018, 2:40 am IST

The tension between Dalit and Maratha communities reportedly increased after the Bhima Koregaon violence.

Sadbhavana rally that took place in Aurangabad
 Sadbhavana rally that took place in Aurangabad

Mumbai: In a bid to douse the recent caste-clash fire in Maharashtra, several political outfits and progressive organisations — Maratha organisations, Ambedkarite, left and others are planning Sadbhavana rallies across state.

The first rally took place in Aurangabad on Monday. The city was tense for three days after the recent Bhima Koregaon incident. These organisations will meet in Mumbai in this week and prepare a plan for the same.

“Our aim is clear. The state government through its fellow travellers like Manohar Bhide and others is trying to divide the state on castes line. But we want unity in the Bahujan class. Therefore we will plan rallies in all cities across the state,” said Shivanand Bhanuse, spokesperson of Sambhaji Brigade. His organisation has taken initiative for these Sadbhavana rallies.

Several organisations including Sambhaji Brigade, Maratha Kranti Morcha, Bharatiya Republican Mahasangh of Prakash Ambedkar, Communist parties and others have taken part in these rallies.

 The organisers chose Aurangabad because the city simmered on January 2 and January 3 (Maharashtra bandh). There were reports of mobs damaging buses, private cars in the city on both the days.

“We will participate in the rallies as we don’t want genuine economic issues to get diverted just because of caste and communal issues. The government is acting exactly against its duty of keeping law and order in the state. But, we will appeal people to maintain peace and unity,” said communist leader Bhalchandra Kango.

The tension between Dalit and Maratha communities reportedly increased after the Bhima Koregaon violence.

Around 2.5 lakh people had gathered at Bhima Koregaon on January 1 to pay homage to warriors who took part in the 1818 Bhima Koregaon battle.

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