Maha AG Aney resigns following Marathwada furore

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Mumbai, Mar. 22 (ANI): Following the uproar over his comment demanding a separate Marathwada state, Maharashtra Advocate General Shreehari Aney on Tuesday submitted his resignation.

At a programme in Jalana district of Marathwada on March 20, Aney had raised the demand of ‘separate Marathwada’ on the lines of separate statehood for Vidarbha, which led to a massive uproar in the in the Maharashtra legislature.

According to reports, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had expressed his unhappiness over the AG’s comments and intervened in the matter, following which he held a meeting with the leaders of all parties over the issue.

The Shiv Sena had staged a protest against Aney saying that they would not let the legislature function till he is sacked for indulging in ‘treason’.

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Senior Sena leader and environment minister Ramdas Kadam had claimed that Fadnavis had assured him that a decision on Aney will be taken by Tuesday morning.

Earlier, justifying his referendum on the demand for a separate state of Vidarbha, Aney said that constitutional provisions under Article 2 and 3 of the Indian Constitution must be set in motion if 51 per cent of the people want a state.

“The statement made by me was in connection with a function that was held where my book, which is about the history of Vidarbha, was released. One of the things that the book deals with is the constant criticism that there is no movement for freedom of Vidarbha. It also says that it is a political issue politicized by politicians whenever they are out of power. It is used as a means of convenience more than anything else,” Aney told ANI.

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He also insisted that he has always considered himself a Marathi and was not afraid of anyone.

“I am not scared with any politician. I don’t see any reason to get security but still if they want to protect me then they are welcome,” he said. (ANI)

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