The Shiv Sena took a swipe at the BJP over its support to Advocate General Shrihari Aney, who had spoken about statehood for Vidarbha. The Sena said all those who supported Aney had “faulty blood”.
“Fadnavis and other BJP ministers have supported Aney. This is not surprising. It is a case of faulty blood. What else to expect from those who don’t have the blood of ‘United Maharashtra’ flowing through their veins,” an editorial in Sena mouthpiece Saamana said.
Aney is reported to have made statements in which he spoke about the Central government holding a referendum on Vidarbha. He had also said the 105 persons martyred in January 1960 had not given up their lives for keeping Vidarbha in Maharashtra but only to ensure that Mumbai remained in Maharashtra.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday, however, pulled the curtains on the controversy by giving Aney a clean chit. Fadnavis also refused to summon him on the floor of the House as demanded by Opposition leaders.
“How can Fadnavis say that what Aney said is his personal opinion? If a minister eats dung, can the CM say it is his personal view?” the editorial said.
The editorial claimed that Maharashtra remained united because of the sacrifice of the 105 martyrs. In a swipe at the Chief Minister, the editorial said their posts were because of the existence of a unified Maharashtra. “People like Aney should remember that those like Prashant Bhushan, who spoke of plebiscite in Kashmir, were beaten up in their office,” the editorial said.
State Assembly Speaker Haribhau Bagde had recently rejected the Shiv Sena’s notice on privilege motion against Aney.
The Sena had demanded his removal from the constitutional post for his statement on creating a separate state of Vidarbha.