Maharashtra Advocate General resigns after his support for separate Marathwada state

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Maharashtra Advocate General Shreehari Aney resigned on Tuesday over his remarks about a separate Marathwada state.

According to an official, Aney drove to Raj Bhavan on Tuesday morning and handed over his resignation to Governor C Vidyasagar Rao.

“Shreehari Aney has submitted his resignation to the Governor. Whether to accept it or not, is his (Governor’s) prerogative,” News agency PTI quoted an official from the Governor’s office.

A senior minister said that it was Fadnavis, who had asked Aney to put in his papers.

The move comes after the AG stoked a controversy by supporting separate statehood for the Marathwada region.

At an event in Jalna district of Marathwada on Sunday, Aney had said, “Marathwada bore more injustice than Vidarbha and should therefore be independent. Pressure has to be put at the Delhi level to form a separate state as the demand does not come under the purview of Mumbai.”

He had earlier sparked a similar row by calling for a referendum on a separate Vidarabha state.

Fadnavis spoke with Aney yesterday and asked him to tender his resignation.

Aney met the CM at his official residence ‘Varsha’ on Monday evening.

As principal law adviser, AG’s responsibility is to represent the state government before the judiciary.

The opposition parties and Shiv Sena yesterday moved separate motions in the Assembly seeking Aney’s dismissal.

Sena has refused to participate in Cabinet meetings until Aney is sacked.

“Aney had earlier asked for a separate Vidarbha,” Sena leader Ramdas Kadam said, adding the party also wants Aney booked for sedition.

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