Maharashtra's Aurangabad Renamed To Sambhajinagar, A Long-time Sena Demand

Mumbai:

In what turned out to be Uddhav Thackeray’s last transfer to say the Maratha-Hindutva ideology amid a mutiny that unseated him, the Maharashtra cupboard on Wednesday night accredited renaming of Aurangabad to Sambhajinagar and Osmanabad to Dharashiv. 

Whereas doable authorized tangles stay — one thing Mr Thackeray, too, mentioned final yr — the renaming was a crucially timed political transfer, coming simply hours earlier than he resigned after the Supreme Court docket refused to halt a vote within the meeting scheduled for Thursday morning.     

Sambhaji was the eldest son of Chhatrapati Shivaji, the Maratha king after whom the get together is called. He was killed on the orders of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, who gave Aurangabad its identify within the seventeenth century. Renaming it after Sambhaji has for lengthy been Shiv Sena’s demand. Ally Congress supported the transfer right this moment, although it had earlier mentioned renaming “shouldn’t be a political agenda”.   

Osmanabad, named after Hyderabad’s final ruler Mir Osman Ali Khan, derives its new identify, Dharashiv, from sixth-century caves close to the town. This, too, has been on the Sena’s agenda for some time.

The cupboard additionally determined to call the brand new airport in Navi Mumbai after DB Patil, a frontrunner of the individuals displaced to construct the satellite tv for pc city.

Ever because the mutiny started over every week in the past, rebels led by Eknath Shinde had been difficult Group Thackeray on the plank of ideology. They insisted that the get together ought to break up with the NCP and Congress to renew a tie-up with “pure ally” BJP; however Mr Thackeray finally stop as a substitute. 

At Wednesday night’s cupboard assembly, Mr Thackeray mentioned that his personal individuals had betrayed him and thanked the alliance’s ministers for standing by him.

Eknath Shinde claimed help of fifty MLAs, together with 40 of the Shiv Sena’s 55. Stunted within the numbers sport, the Thackeray camp known as them traitors who made a false declare to the legacy of Bal Thackeray, the Sena’s founder and Uddhav Thackeray’s father.

In his resignation speech, Uddhav Thackeray mentioned the renaming of the 2 cities was “Balasaheb’s dream that we now have fulfilled”.

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