PUNE: The (MKM), which is staging a sunrise-to-sunset chakka jam and on Thursday, has issued a fresh ultimatum to the state government, demanding all cases registered against the agitators during the thiyya andolan (sit-in agitation) be withdrawn by Friday.

The protesting leaders have promised that Thursday’s stir will be a peaceful one and won’t affect essential services.

Assurances notwithstanding, public transport services, commercial establishments, schools and colleges have decided to practice caution. Industries in Pune district will also remain closed. Most educational institutions in Aurangabad, Nashik and Kolhapur declared a holiday. Pune collector Naval Kishore Ram announced the closure of educational institutions in the district. All MSRTC buses operating in Pune division and many PMPML vehicles will stay off the roads.

Day-long agitation set to impact life across cities

In Kolhapur, the protesters will take out rallies from eight entrance points to the city and march towards Dasara Chowk. In Nashik, there will be a sit-in agitation at Dongre Vastigruh from 10am to 5pm.

On Wednesday, the samanvayaks (coordinators) from 32 districts across the state had met in Aurangabad and distanced themselves from the agitators in Parli taluka of Beed district, who withdrew their agitation on Tuesday. The agitators have also reiterated their demand that CM should give an undertaking of a time-bound plan to introduce reservation and implementation of other schemes.

Rajendra Datey Patil and Vinod Patil, the leaders who had filed the petitions for the reservations, said if the government failed to withdraw cases registered against the agitators, “the activists will resort to ‘chul bandh’ (no food agitation) on August 15,” said. They also made it clear that thiyya andolan will continue till their demands are met with.
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