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Fast-unto-death by Congress leaders turn serious as health of some deteriorate

Fast-unto-death by Congress leaders turn serious as health of some deteriorate

The ongoing fast-unto-death agitation by district Congress committee members here for reservation demand turned serious on the third day on Friday, when the health of some of them deteriorated but despite doctors' advise, the agitators refused to leave the venue and get admitted in hospital for treatment. Congress workers have been agitating in front of the District Collector's office here to get a written assurance from the Maharashtra government on their demand of reservation for Maratha, Muslim, Dhangar and Koli communities. 

As the health of some of them started deteriorating on the third day of agitation, a team of doctors, after the check-up, advised to rush them to the hospital for treatment, but they refused and vowed to continue with their agitation until the government responds to their demand. Those whose health deteriorated, include Aurangabad district Congress committee chief and Sillod MLA Abdul Sattar, MLC Subhash Zambad, former MLAs Kalyan Kale and Namdev Pawar, among others. Later, doctors put all of them on saline at the venue.

The Congress started the relay hunger strike from August 2 to 28 for their demand, but it was converted into fast-unto-death, said party sources. However, later in the evening, State Assembly Speaker HaribhauBhagade along with district collector Uday Chaudhari reached to the venue with a letter from Bhushan Gagrani, principal secretary to the Chief Minister's Office, assuring that the government will consider their demands. 

As soon as the Backward Commission submits its report to the state government, a special session of the Assembly will be called on the issue of reservation, it was stated in the letter. Following this assurance, the 29-day-old agitation was called off by the Congress leaders.

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