The ongoing Maratha reservation issue in Maharashtra has gained momentum, resulting in widespread protests and mounting pressure on political leaders to address the concerns of the community. The Maratha community has demonstrated remarkable patience over several years, but activists are now demanding that political leaders reciprocate this support and commitment.
In a significant turn of events, Hemant Patil, a Member of Parliament representing Hingoli and affiliated with the Shiv Sena, led by Eknath Shinde, has made the decision to resign from his position. Patil formally submitted his resignation letter to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, effectively stepping down from his role as a Member of the lower house of Parliament.
The catalyst for this decision was a group of activists from the Maratha community who visited Patil and urged him to resign in support of their cause – securing reservations for the Maratha community. In response to this impassioned appeal, Hemant Patil promptly took action and tendered his resignation to the Lok Sabha Speaker.
The incident occurred at the Vasant Cooperative Sugar Factory in Yavatmal, where Patil was confronted by a gathering of Maratha activists. In the face of their protests and appeals, Patil made a resolute statement against those opposing the Maratha reservation issue. He stated that if the sole demand of the Maratha community is to facilitate a meeting of special representatives in Delhi regarding the reservation matter, then he would not hesitate to submit his resignation. This declaration was swiftly followed by his formal resignation letter addressed to the Lok Sabha Speaker.
Hemant Patil’s resignation marks a significant moment in the ongoing struggle for Maratha reservations and underscores the gravity of the situation. The broader implications of his decision, along with the impact it may have on the political landscape in Maharashtra, are yet to be fully realized as the protests and demands for Maratha reservations continue to resonate throughout the state.