NEW DELHI Raekwon McMillan Jersey , Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- A huge protest rally led by Marathas, a politically powerful group in India's financial capital Mumbai, Wednesday hit the city, demanding quotas (reservation) for Marathas in government jobs and educational institutions, amendments to scheduled caste and scheduled tribe Acts as well as farm loan waivers.
The protesters wearing saffron color caps and carrying same color flags marched on the roads in south Mumbai from Byculla to Azad Maidan Jason Sanders Jersey , forcing authorities to deploy extra security, shut down schools and issue traffic advisories.
While organizers put the number of participating protesters over 2 million, Indian media reports estimated the number of people at the rally between 600,000 and about 1 million.
According to NDTV, around 900 Jerome Baker Jersey ,000 people marched on roads in support of the demands and assembled at Azad Maidan, Mumbai's large public park.
Local authorities said they did not expect such a huge crowd to assemble.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis Wednesday said his government supports affirmative action policies for the dominant caste.
"We are going to constitute a cabinet sub-committee for regular interaction with Maratha representatives," Fadnavis told the state's lawmaking body.
The Wednesday's show of strength marked the end of a series of protests staged by Maratha community to press its demands.
"Today's show marks the culmination of a year-long protest by Maratha community, under the Maratha Kranti Morcha (Maratha Revolutionary Front)," organizers said. "We carried out protest marches in 57 different places across the state in the past one year."
The Maratha community constitutes a third of Maharashtra's population and majority of them are dependent on farming for making their ends meet.
Increasing unemployment and decrease in farm incomes are forcing Indian farmers to raise demands of reservations and loan waivers.
"We are demanding government come forward to help us Mike Gesicki Jersey ," Atul Maitre, a protester said. "Mere rhetoric from top politicians in government didn't do anything. Now they have to take concrete steps to save us and our families."
Agriculture has suffered a huge set back in recent years in India due to unfavorable weather conditions (drought and flooding).
With Indian farming in crisis, people associated with it are forced to look for other means of livelihood.
In India, quotas for lower castes and economically weaker sections are guaranteed constitutionally.
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