Two days after Maharashtra Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat mentioned his occasion would strongly oppose any proposal that seeks to rename Aurangabad as Sambhajinagar, the Shiv Sena on Saturday mentioned its resistance is not going to have an effect on the three-party MVA authorities within the state.
Shiv Sena chief Sanjay Raut expressed confidence that the problem could be resolved when all of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) allies- Sena, NCP and Congress- sit collectively and discuss.
On Thursday, Thorat had asserted that the Congress would oppose any proposal to rename Aurangabad, saying that altering the names of locations was not a part of the Frequent Minimal Programme (CMP) of the three ruling events.
It was the Shiv Sena, which had first made the demand to rename Aurangabad as Sambhajinagar over twenty years in the past.
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A proposal to that impact had been handed within the common physique assembly of the Aurangabad Municipal Company (AMC) in June 1995, which was challenged by a Congress corporator within the excessive courtroom and later within the Supreme Courtroom.
In its occasion mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, the Sena mentioned, “The Congress has opposed the proposal of renaming Aurangabad to Sambhajinagar. It has made the BJP blissful. However the Congress’s opposition to the proposal is just not new and subsequently, linking it to the MVA authorities is foolishness.” “Even when the identify has not been modified within the authorities data, Shiv Sena supremo late Balasaheb Thackeray had renamed Aurangabad as Sambhajinagar when there was Congress’s chief minister within the state. The folks had additionally accepted it,” it mentioned.
“However some folks really feel that the problem of renaming Aurangabad will create friction inside the ruling alliance,” the Sena mentioned in a veiled assault on the BJP.
“Thorat introduced that if any proposal for renaming Aurangabad comes up earlier than the MVA authorities, his occasion would oppose it. It’s his declare. After his assertion, BJP leaders began demanding that the Sena ought to make its stand clear on the problem. However the Sena has not modified its stance on it.” “Balasaheb Thackeray had renamed Aurangabad as Sambhajinagar 30 years in the past, which was accepted by the folks.
And it’ll quickly be modified formally as properly,” it mentioned.
The Uddhav Thackeray-led occasion mentioned BJP chief Chandrakant Patil requested that if Allahabad’s identify could be modified to Prayagraj, Faizabad’s to Ayodhya, why cant Aurangabad’s identify be modified to Sambhajinagar.
“However we wish to ask why the occasion didn’t achieve this when it was in energy in Maharashtra,” the Sena added.
“Any state requires a basis of self-respect and even the Congress will agree that Aurangazeb was not a secular individual. The Muslims in Maharashtra have stood behind the Shiv Sena. They need growth and welfare,” it mentioned.
“It’s an insult to the reminiscence of Chhatrapati ShivajiMaharaj metropolis in Maharashtra ought to bear Aurangazeb’s identify, who brutally killed ChhatrapatiSambhaji Maharaj,” it mentioned.
“However what Thorat is saying is true. The Maharashtra authorities is duty-bound to implement the CMP of giving justice to the downtrodden and the farmers,” it added.
Congress’s opposition to the renaming proposal is not going to have an effect on the MVA alliance, it mentioned.
In the meantime, Raut mentioned, “Thirty years in the past, Balasaheb Thackeray gave the identify Sambhajinagar. Solely paper work is left now. When all of the MVA allies sit collectively and discuss, the problem would get resolved.” The renaming of Aurangabad was not a political difficulty, he mentioned.
Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam mentioned the MVA authorities has been fashioned to work and never change the names of cities.
“The CMP doesn’t point out altering identify of Aurangabad,” he mentioned.