Shreehari Aney has resigned as Maharashtra's advocate general in the wake of the controversy generated by his remarks backing separate statehood for Marathwada.
Aney submitted his resignation to Maharashtra governor C Vidyasagar Rao on Tuesday morning.
Aney's remarks had created chaos in the state assembly on Monday with the Shiv Sena, which is part of the government, joining hands with the Opposition in demanding his dismissal. Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis met Aney on Monday evening at his official residence and reportedly asked him to submit his resignation.
Aney had taken over as state advocate general in October 2015. In December he had courted controversy by asking for a referendum on statehood for Vidarbha.
At the time, Fadnavis had stood by him and said there was no need for him to resign.
On Sunday, Aney had said at a programme to disburse relief to families of farmers who committed suicide that Marathwada suffered more injustice than Vidarbha, and called for a movement for separate state. "Marathwada has borne more injustice than Vidarbha and therefore should be independent."
While the Shiv Sena had sought Aney's ouster, senior BJP minister Eknath Khadse too said the advocate general's stand was wrong. "Our government will not support separate statehood, neither for Marathwada nor for Vidarbha," he said.
Calling Aney "Owaisi in Maharashtra", Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik said, "What Aney is saying is tantamount to insult of martyrs who laid down their lives in the struggle for united Maharashtra."
Fadnavis had said that Aney should have shown restraint.