Maratha quota activist Manoj Jarange claims that 54 lakh records in Maharashtra show that members of the Maratha community belong to the Kunbi caste, an OBC sub-caste. Jarange demands immediate issuance of caste certificates and is leading a peaceful protest march towards Mumbai. He threatens an indefinite hunger strike if the state government fails to grant reservation to Marathas in government jobs and education. Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde assures that a special session of the state legislature will be held in February 2024 if necessary to provide reservation to the Maratha community. The Bombay High Court refuses to restrain Jarange from entering Mumbai but asks the government to ensure no road blockages.