Lakhs of people belonging to different parts of Maharashtra are expected to participate in the Maratha Kranti Morcha, which will be conducted on August 9, 2017. The protest will be held to seek reservation for the Maratha community in the field of jobs and education.
So far, 57 protests, in the form of 'mook morcha' (silent rallies), have been held in various parts of the state following the brutal rape and murder of a 14-year-old Maratha girl in Kopardi in Ahmednagar district in July 2016.
Tomorrow, the morcha will begin at 11 am from the BMC's Jijamata Udyan and culminate at Azad Maidan in south Mumbai, the organisers said.
Social media platforms like Facebook, Whatsapp and Twitter have been used to spread the morcha message to community members, they said.
The JJ flyover will be closed for traffic tomorrow in view of the morcha, police said.
Schools in south Mumbai will remain closed tomorrow as a precautionary measure, an official said.
The silent protest is a peaceful way to press demand for reservation in jobs and educational institutions and punishment for culprits in the Kopardi case, the organisers said.
Their other demands include Amendment in SC, ST (Prevention of Atrocities Act) to stop its misuse, loan waiver to curb farmer suicides, and remunerative prices for agricultural produce.
The morcha has been organised by the Sakal Maratha Samaj, an umbrella organisation of several Maratha groups.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is planning to use the Bombay Gymkhana ground adjacent to the Azad Maidan, to handle the large number of people expected to participate in tomorrow's morcha, an official said.
BMC commissioner Ajoy Mehta and Commissioner of Police Datta Padsalgikar had met last week to discuss preparations and necessary arrangements from a security point of view, he said.