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Shiv Sena demands change in names of Aurangabad and Osmanabad in Maharashtra

The trend to change names of cities, towns, and regions was started by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath after he renamed...



The trend to change names of cities, towns, and regions was started by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath after he renamed Allahabad to Prayagraj and recently renamed Faizabad to Ayodhya.

Mumbai: The Shiv Sena on Thursday jumped on the bandwagon of ‘namechangers’ after demanding a change in the name of Aurangabad and Osmanabad in Maharashtra to Sambhaji Nagar and Dharashiv, respectively.

“The demand for the renaming of Aurangabad and Osmanabad into Sambaji Nagar and Dharashiv is not new to Shiv Sena. It has been our long-standing demand,” Shiv Sena leader Manisha Kayande told news agency ANI.

The Shiv Sena’s demand for the name change of the two places in Maharashtra goes back to decades, the party said. “It has been raised several times but faced sheer opposition from Congress and Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party because they wanted to appease Muslims voters,” Kayande added.

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani also indicated that his government is mulling to change the name of Ahmedabad to Karnavati after the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government of Uttar Pradesh changed the names of the state’s two districts.

“We are contemplating changing the name of Ahmedabad to Karnavati, the talks of which have been going on since a long time. Concrete steps will be taken after looking at it from legal and all other angles. We will think about it in the time to come,” Rupani said on Thursday.

The trend to change names of cities, towns, and regions was started by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath after he renamed Allahabad to Prayagraj and recently announced the rechristening of Faizabad as Ayodhya.

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