<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It took eight months and a strongly worded High court order for the Devendra Fadnavis government to finalise the name of Adv Rohit Deo as the advocate general of Maharashtra. Deo’s name has been recommended to the Governor on Tuesday by the cabinet. The government had told the Bombay High Court on Friday that it would appoint the AG by 30 December. Congress MLC Sanjay dutt had dragged the Fadnavis government to the court three months back over its prolonged indecision at the cost of state’s welfare. Deo is currently the acting advocate general and has been handling all cases of the government since Shreehari Aney quit in April this year following a controversial statement supporting separate VIdarbha state. Dutt said, “Even as Maharashtra Govt concedes to my demand & finally appoints Advocate General, CM needs to answer why he waited for 9 months to appoint acting AG as AG!” Dutt added that Maha CM owes apology to Maha People following HC order in my petition stating that the appointment of an Acting Advocate General is Not Constitutionally valid.HC order through my petition shall ensure that No Govt will falter on appointing Advocate-General as per Article 165 of Constitution of India.
Slamming Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis over supporting Vidarbha movement in the state, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Monday demanded his resignation. Thackeray said, “CM Devendra Fadnavis should resign, he had supported the formation of Vidarbha in 2013”. Thackeray’s statement came as separate statehood demand again gained momentum in the state. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Sunday, Vidarbha Rajya Andolan Samiti, Vidarbha Pradesh Vikas Parishad and few other organisations during a programme led by former attorney general of Maharashtra Shreehari Aney hoisted flag of Separate Vidarbha state in Nagpur. The protestors yesterday vandalised government-owned buses in Yavatmal district, breaking their windscreens and setting fire to official documents. The sloganeering protestors blamed the incumbent state government headed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in coalition with Shiv Sena. Hoisting of the specially prepared multi-colour flag was seen as a mark of protest against the merger of the then Vidarbha, the Central and Berar into Maharashtra on May 1, 1960. Vidarbha, comprising 11 districts of eastern part of Maharashtra, was merged with the then newly-formed Maharashtra on this day in 1960. Demands for independent statehood go back several decades. Vidarbha is one of the least developed regions of Maharashtra which registers an alarming number of farmers’ suicides. People of the region believe that separate Vidarbha state would ensure development and solve other problems of the region. The BJP executive committee in 1987 had passed a revolution favouring smaller states including Vidarbha. However, their key ally Shiv Sena is opposed to a new state.
Former Maharashtra AG Shreehari Aney celebrated his cut birthday cake showing the map of Maharashtra and separated Vidarbha from in it. The cake was presented to him by lawyers from Nagpur High Court., as per Nagpur Today.This has led to furious reactions from all over Maharashtra.The former Advocate General Shrihari Aney had recently resigned after inviting backlash for backing statehood for Marathwada. He later faced backlash for saying that there should be a referendum on demand of separate state of Vidarbha.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Aney, a known votary of separate Vidarbha, said if less then 51% of people supported the separate Vidarbha state, “we will drop the issue for ever”. “I am of the opinion that (the power to take) decision of creation of Vidarbha lies in Delhi and even if the entire Maharashtra Legislative Assembly passes a resolution against the formation of new state, the Parliament can create Vidarbha,” Aney said at a meet-the-press program. The Parliament was supreme in this matter, he said.Vidarbha supporters would be calling on BSP supremo Mayawati, AAP leader and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and JD(U) leader and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to muster support, he said, adding that support of these parties too should be obtained, apart from Congress and BJP.Pro-Vidarbha organizations will hold a sit-in in Delhi on March 31 and he would attend it, he said. Earlier on Saturday, Aney, who visited Nagpur for the first time after resigning as AG, was accorded a grand welcome by supporters of Vidarbha.Defending his decision to resign, he said he feared that Budget session of Legislature would be disrupted over the issue, so he decided to put in the papers. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who is known to have close relations with Aney, is yet to accept his resignation.With agency inputs.
Coming down heavily on Maharashtra Advocate General Shreehari Aney, Shiv Sena on Friday said that by submitting that the state machinery has been “inept” in stopping farmers’ suicides, he has made Maharashtra government seem “unworthy” in front of the Bombay High Court.The Sena also noted that had an Advocate General of any other state made such a statement, the person would have been immediately suspended by the government.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Aney had in the Bombay High Court said that the state machinery has been inept in handling farmers’ suicide cases. He could have informed the court of the number of suicides that had taken place but he went a step further by making the government seem unworthy. If there is an Advocate General like him, who needs enemies?” the Sena said in an edit in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.The Sena further said that Aney has made the government’s stance over Vidarbha and Marathwada seem “hypocritical”.”Aney had spoken about a separate statehood for Vidarbha and then, his comments were construed to be personal in nature. But now these comments have been made in front of a court, thus it means he has kept forward the government’s stand,” it said.”If an Advocate General of some other state had made such comments against the government, he would have been dismissed immediately. But people of Vidarbha want to know why is he still representing the government?” it asked.The Sena said that showing the state government machinery in a poor light in a way means that politicians from the region are weak and inept in handling the situation.”Never in the history of the country has an Advocate General shown his own government in poor light,” it said.