Maharashtra Advocate General Shreehari Aney’s demand for separate Marathwada state has led to ruckus in the state Assembly.
Congress-NCP and Shiv Sena raised slogans and demanded Aney’s resignation.
“The government should sack Aney or else it will be construed that it is backing him,” NCP MLA Dilip Walse Patil said.
Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik called Aney “Owaisi in Maharashtra“, and said that Aney is saying tantamounts to insult of martyrs who laid down their lives in the struggle for united Maharashtra.
Aney, at an event in Jalna on March 20 where he disbursed relief to families of farmers who committed suicide, said Marathwada bore more injustice than Vidarbha and should therefore be independent.
He also called people of Marathwada to start a movement for formation of a separate state.
Speaking outside the Assembly, State Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant said “Is Aney an agent for dividing the state?”
Congress MLA Nitesh Rane also strongly condemned Aney’s remarks.
Amidst the uproar, an Opposition member sought to know if the government will invoke ‘sedition’ charge against the Advocate General.
Leader of Opposition Dhananjay Munde, called for an immediate clarification by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis over the issue and demanded Aney’s ouster. Munde said, “After batting for a separate statehood for Vidarbha, he now wants separate statehood for Marathwada. Tomorrow he will demand a separate Khandesh and then want Mumbai to be separated from the state.”