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Maharashtra AG Shrihari Aney quits after mooting separate Marathwada state
Tuesday March 22, 2016 11:41 AM, IANS

Mumbai: Two days after he mooted the creation of a separate state of Marathwada kicking up a major political controversy, Maharashtra's Advocate General Shrihari Aney quit the post here on Tuesday morning.

Aney met Maharashtra Governor C.V. Rao at Raj Bhavan and handed over his resignation letter, official sources said.

The Maharashtra assembly was thrown into turmoil on Monday over state Advocate General Shrihari Aney's demand for a separate state of Marathwada, with the ruling BJP's ally Shiv Sena as well as the opposition seeking action against him.

Amid the ruckus, slogan-shouting and noisy scenes created by legislators of all parties, the house was adjourned thrice on Monday afternoon.

Many legislators demanded to know if the government would consider a 'sedition' charge against Aney.

The issue was raised at the start of the day's proceedings by the members of the Shiv Sena, opposition Congress and Nationalist Congress Party who raised slogans and demanded Aney's removal from the post.

Aney last October succeded Sunil Manohar, who had served for seven months.

Earlier, Aney had been embroiled in a similar controversy after he suggested a referendum in Vidarbha as a prelude to creating a separate state.

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