Nagpur: In continuation of the effort and struggle for Vidarbha, Advocate General Shreehari Aney joined that Pro-Vidarbha activists’ to register his demand for Vidarbha at the Jantar Mantar in Delhi. The organizers had organized separate dharna (sit-in) agitations at Jantar Mantar for a separate Vidarbha.
However, as soon as former Advocate General Shrihari Aney started to deliver his speech, some youth approached him and threw ink on him. Immediately after this incident, panic and chaos reigned supreme at the venue. However, the organizers had nabbed the youth who had thrown the ink and had given them a sound thrashing and later handed them over to the police.
Advocate General Shrihari Aney who remained unfazed and unperturbed and continued to deliver his speech.
Shrihari Aney in his speech on his demand of statehood for Vidarbha and elaborated the need for establishing separate Vidarbha, he also enumerated the various causes and reasons responsible for Vidarbha remaining backward. Apart from Vidarbha, Shrihari Aney also stressed the need for a separate Maratwada.
In a meeting held in Jalna in Maratwada on March 28, 2016, Shrihari Aney had allegedly reiterated that along with Vidarbha even Maratwada has got a raw deal or injustice was meted out. He went on to allege that the political parties have robbed the money which was due for the development of Vidarbha and Maratwada.
While delivering his speech in Jantar Mantar, Shrihari Aney said that we are peacefully demanding a rightfully separate statehood for Vidarbha and Maratwada. However, if the Government does not reconsider our demand for separate statehood, the agitation could be intensified and may turn ugly. Aney went on to add that his agitation will not die down but will intensify and expand too.
While taking responsibility for throwing ink on Shrihari Aney, President of Swabhimani Sanghatna Nitesh Rane said that it was the activists of Swabhimani Sanghatna who threw the ink and he is proud of them.
Various organizations including Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti, We Connect, Vidarbha Rajya Aghadi and Jan Manch are taking part in the rally demanding separate Vidarbha. A large number of pro-Vidarbha activists from Nagpur and parts of Vidarbha are said to be participating in the demand rally at Jantar Mantar.
Delhi CM Kejriwal extends complete support for separate Vidarbha movement
Eminent Lawyer Shreehari Aney, who resigned from the post of Maharashtra Advocate General this week in the wake of controversy over his remarks on separate Vidarbha and Marathwada, said that he would now intensively lobby at the national level for the separate Vidarbha state demand. He is said to have met Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal for his support of separate Vidarbha.
The meeting was held at around 2:30 pm in the official government residence of Chief Minister at Flag-Staff road.
While submitting a memorandum of the demand for separate Vidarbha to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, he urged his support for a separate Vidarbha. Sources claimed that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal termed the demand for a separate Vidarbha as justified and has assured of his full support in the demand. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal added that his party has always been in favour of smaller states and assured that all the parliamentarians of his party will definitely demand a separate Vidarbha in the parliament.
During the meeting of former Maharashtra Advocate General Shreehari Aney and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Advocate Mukesh Samarth and Sandesh Singalkar of We Connect were present.
At Jantar Mantar, Former Minister Anil Deshmukh, Farmer Leader Ram Neole, Dinesh Naidu, Former MLA and Organizer Wamanrao Chatap were prominently present.