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Maratha Quota Activist Manoj Jarange Stops Taking IV Fluids Amid Hunger Strike

Jarange's medical condition appears precarious, as his serum creatinine and bilirubin levels are reportedly elevated, potentially indicating kidney and liver health complications.

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In a concerning development, Manoj Jarange, a prominent activist advocating for Maratha reservation, has halted his intake of intravenous (IV) fluids and liquids, raising serious concerns about his health due to dehydration. The announcement came from Jalna district's acting civil surgeon, Pratap Ghodke, on Monday as Jarange escalated his protest, urging Maharashtra's political parties to unite in support of the Maratha community's reservation issue.

Jarange's medical condition appears precarious, as his serum creatinine and bilirubin levels are reportedly elevated, potentially indicating kidney and liver health complications. The 40-year-old activist has been on an indefinite hunger strike since August 29 at Antarwali Sarati village in the adjoining Jalna district of central Maharashtra, demanding reservation in government jobs and education under the OBC category for the Maratha community, PTI reported.

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Expressing their concern, Ghodke stated, "The health of Manoj Jarange is a matter of concern for us. He is not taking liquid intake or IV fluids since Sunday. His serum creatinine was slightly on the higher side (1.5) two days back. His bilirubin was also on the higher side." Ghodke further warned that Jarange may encounter severe health issues due to dehydration.

On Monday evening, a team of doctors was dispatched to examine Jarange, with efforts being made to persuade him to undergo medical treatment and take prescribed medications. Despite these attempts, Jarange had previously refused medical examination.

In the midst of his protest, Manoj Jarange reached out to Marathi news channel ABP Majha, calling upon all political parties in Maharashtra to rally behind the Maratha community's cause regarding reservation. He emphasized the historical support the community has offered to various political parties and urged them to reciprocate, stating, "The Maratha community has taken care of all political parties in the last 70 years... now it is their turn to stand with the Maratha community. Community members will be able to see which party stands where with them."

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When asked about giving more time to the state government to address the reservation issue, Jarange expressed willingness to engage in dialogue if an official delegation is ready to hold talks. He stated, "We have given them ample time... 70 years. But if they are willing to listen to our demands, and if a delegation comes to hold talks, we will surely listen to them," underscoring the community's readiness to negotiate for a resolution.

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