The two-day long Sixth National Convention of the Sambhaji Brigade held here
has demanded the inclusion of the Maratha community in the other backward class
"The Maratha community is being kept away from reservations, but we will
continue our efforts to get it," Maharashtra's agriculture minister
Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil said on the concluding day of the convention yesterday.
Six important resolutions were passed during the convention. The demands
included setting up of an international-level memorial to Chhatrapati Shivaji
Maharaj in the Arabian sea, give the status of an international tourism centre
to Raigad fort and reconstruction of Maharashtra's forts.
They also demanded that free education be given to children of the Maratha
community from the first standard to twelfth standard, as well as opposition to
the 2015-16 Kumbh Mela to be held in Trimbakeshwar on the grounds of "blind
Sambhaji Brigade's state president Praveen Gaikwad, Member of Legislative
Assembly Jayant Jadhav and the organisation's state unit general secretary Manoj
Akhare were present on the dais, besides Congress MLA from Sinnar, Manikkrao
Kokate, state minister Balasaheb Thorat and founder of Shiva Dharma organisation