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Why Maharashtra Govt renamed Aurangabad as Shambhaji Nagar?

Why Maharashtra Govt renamed Aurangabad as Shambhaji Nagar?

Amid the political crisis that has been going on for weeks, the government of Maha Vikas Aghadi of Maharashtra has changed the names of two cities and an airport in the state.

Aurangabad will now be known as Sambhaji Nagar and Osmanabad as Dharashiv. Apart from this, the name of Navi Mumbai Airport has now been changed to DB Patil Airport. For a long time, some political parties in Maharashtra have been demanding to change the names of these cities. Uddhav Thackeray’s match, Shiv Sena, has been the highlight of these matches.

The Maharashtra Cabinet approved the proposal to rename the city from Aurangabad to Sambhaji Nagar and Osmanabad to Dharashiv. Shiv Sena had long tried to rename Aurangabad and many were shocked by the name change, much to the satisfaction of the local party and raised eyebrows from the opposition.

Balasaheb Thackeray was the first to propose changing the name of Aurangabad to Sambhaji Nagar in 1988. In the Aurangabad municipal elections that year, the Shiv Sena emerged as the largest party. At the victory rally, Thackeray announced that the city would be known as Sambhaji Nagar.

As soon as the Supreme Court decided on Wednesday night that the floor test should be held in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly on Thursday as per the Governor’s order, the state cabinet approved changing the names of these cities.

Following this, on a Facebook Live, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray of the Mahavikas Aghadi government announced his resignation.

Why name of Aurangabad changed?

The debate over renaming Aurangabad City and Aurangabad District has been erupting every now and then. Recently, signboards are written ‘Love Aurangabad’ and ‘Super Sambhajinagar’ were seen everywhere in Aurangabad city.

Aurangabad has the largest population of Hindus, but the Muslim population is not less either. Perhaps that is why the issue of changing its name for political purposes has been strongly launched.

When the signboard of Love Aurangabad in the city, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said, ‘Shiv Sena has been demanding for many years to change the name of Aurangabad. Shiv Sena is now in power in the state, so it should now fulfil this demand by renaming this city as Sambhajinagar.

Since then, Shiv Sena has been referring to Sambhaji Nagar instead of Aurangabad in his political speeches and in the party’s official newspaper, Saamna. The Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) adopted a resolution in 1995 to change the name of Aurangabad to Sambhaji Nagar.

Recently, Uddhav Thackeray stated that he had not forgotten his father Bal Thackeray’s commitment to change the name of Aurangabad to Sambhaji Nagar while speaking at his party’s Swabhiman rally on June 8, 2022. In early 2021, screens were erected illuminated with the slogan “Super Sambhaji Nagar”. in the city. The Guardian Minister published a manifesto. Sambhaji Nagar was the name of the city he referred to whenever he visited.

Who was Sambhaji?

Sambhaji Maharaj was the eldest son of the celebrated Maratha emperor, Chhatrapati Shivaji, and the second ruler of the kingdom after the death of his father. Sambhaji ruled the Maratha empire for a short period of nine years. He is remembered for sacrificing his life to protect his people and his beliefs.

After Sambhaji’s key commander, Hambirao Mohite, was killed by Mughal troops at the Battle of Wai in 1687, the Maratha army began to crumble and the emperor was spied on by his own relatives.

Ultimately, Sambhaji and 25 of his advisers were arrested by Muqarrab Khan’s Mughal forces in a skirmish at Sangameshwar in February 1689 and taken to Bahadurgad, present-day Ahmednagar district, by Aurangazeb’s troops.

Owaisi’s AIMIM slams Uddhav Thackeray

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), led by Asaduddin Owaisi, has denounced the intention of the Uddhav Thackeray administration to change the name of Aurangabad. The Shiv Sena leader made the decision, according to the party, as he had lost power. The action was also described as “a magnificent example of cheap politics”.

Imtiaz Jaleel, AIMIM MP from Aurangabad commented: “They made this decision when they started losing power. I would like to inform Uddhav Ji that names can be changed but history cannot be altered. You are a fantastic example of dishonest politics. Only the people can determine if Aurangabad will keep its current name.”

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