<!– /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.
Shreehari Aney, who resigned as Maharashtra Advocate General after a furore over his separate Marathwada remarks, on Wednesday cautioned the government on “legislating morality” on the dance bars issue. “As far as these dance bars are concerned, the problem of women working should be considered, along with men working, as a right to livelihood,” he said. “In an industry where work is of a hazardous nature, laws are required to ensure that these hazards are mitigated,” Aney sad.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”In dance bars where women perform before a predominantly male audience, there are built-in occupational hazards. But merely because there are hazards, you can’t stop the industry. The correct way would be to ensure that those hazards are minimised,” he said. “The lawmaking process is getting confused in a moral dimension. To legislate morality is an extremely difficult thing,” Aney said. On the other hand, to legislate protection (of women) is easy, he added. “If framing of laws is done for the purpose of security of women at the workplace and to stop such anti-social activities as prostitution, it would not be a difficult law to frame,” Aney said. “But if consideration of moral policing enters the picture, framing of such laws becomes problematic and it is extremely difficult to frame laws legislating morality,” he said.Aney’s remarks come against the backdrop of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ recent statement that the government will bring a comprehensive new legislation on the dance bar ban in the ongoing budget session of the state legislature. The Supreme Court recently cleared the decks for the issuance of dance bar licences to hotels and restaurants in Mumbai as it modified the conditions for the permit and excluded installation of CCTV cameras from restaurants and dance performance area.The state government had in 2005 banned dance bars in Mumbai and elsewhere in Maharashtra. Nearly 1,500 bars across the state had employed more than 75,000 women dancers.
Shiv Sena, an ally of BJP, on Wednesday said it will not allow Shreehari Aney to enter Marathwada, a day after he quit as Maharashtra Advocate General following controversy over his remarks on separate Marathwada.”We won’t allow Aney to step in Aurangabad, in Marathwada,” Sena MP Chandrakant Khaire told reporters at Aurangabad. “Aney keeps coming here in the High Court bench. We won’t let him set foot inside Aurangabad. We will continue our opposition to those who betray Shivaji Maharaj’s dream of a united Maharashtra,” he said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Referring to RSS’ M G Vaidya’s views on division of Maharashtra into smaller states, Khaire said, “Vaidya has become old and what he said are senile thoughts.” Meanwhile, reacting to Shiv Sena’s demand that he be prosecuted for treason, Aney said, “Unfortunately, they (Shiv Sena) would need a good lawyer to tell them what sedition is.The creation of a State is a constitutional process that will be followed. I am not talking about destroying the country, only asking for a separate state.”
After calling for a referendum on the issue of carving out separate Vidarbha state, Maharashtra Advocate General Shreehari Aney has now espoused a separate Marathwada state, drawing flak from the opposition parties.”Marathwada bore more injustice than Vidarbha and should therefore be independent,” Aney said at an event in Jalna district yesterday.He also called people of Marathwada to start a movement for formation of a separate state.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As the state Assembly proceedings began today, the Opposition legislators created noisy scenes over Aney’s remarks, and sought his resignation.”Aney has made controversial remarks again,” Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil said.State Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant said,”Is Aney an agent for dividing the state?”When the controversy over Aney’s separate Vidarbha remarks erupted last year, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had indicated that there was no need for Aney’s resignation for his statement on Vidarbha, while stating that the subject of creating a separate state of Vidarbha falls solely in the jurisdiction of the Parliament and union government.The Shiv Sena had staged demonstrations and demanded Aney’s resignation for his statement on a need for referendum to create a separate Vidarbha state.Fadnavis had said Aney made it clear that he had expressed his views in a private function and not as the Advocate General of the state.The CM had said Aney had made the statement during the release of book Vidarbha Gaatha, penned by Aney, on December 5, 2015 in Nagpur, and had sent the details of what he said during the programme.The AG had pointed out that many speakers expressed the need for a separate Vidarbha state, after which he said it was not proper that Vidarbha also should go the Telangana way with a violent agitation for separate statehood.Aney had also said that while some people argue that the separate Vidarbha demand was made by a few leaders and does not enjoy popular public support, the fact was that 97 per cent people in four districts of Vidarbha had voted in favour of a separate Vidarbha.He further said that if at all there were any doubts, the Centre could go for a referendum.Fadnavis had then said Aney made it clear that he made no statement insulting the 105 martyrs who laid down their lives during the Samykta Maharashtra agitation.He said since creating a separate state was not in the ambit of the state, the government will work towards overall development of the region.Leader of Opposition in the state Legislative Council, Dhananjay Munde had said Aney insulted the martyrs who laid down their lives to create the united Maharashtra and questioned as to how Aney, despite being the Advocate General, could make a statement against the interests of the state.