Re­nam­ing of Au­rangabad, Os­man­abad on agenda: Min

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY -

Af­ter Ut­tar Pradesh and Gu­jarat, the is­sue of re­nam­ing cities, towns and roads has sur­faced in Ma­ha­rash­tra with state rev­enue min­is­ter and se­nior BJP leader Chan­drakant Patil say­ing that his party and gov­ern­ment were in favour of chang­ing the names of Au­rangabad and Os­man­abad.

Shiv Sena spokesper­son San­jay Raut, a Ra­jya Sabha mem­ber, too, had re­cently sent a let­ter to CM Deven­dra Fad­navis, de­mand­ing the re­nam­ing of Au­rangabad, Os­man­aabad and Khultabad in Marath­wada re­gion.

Speak­ing to re­porters in Kol­ha­pur on Fri­day, Patil de­scribed the names of Au­rangabad and Os­man­abad as signs of for­eign rule. “Why should we re­tain them? We have to erase them,” he said. Shiv Sena started call­ing Au­rangabad Samb­ha­ji­na­gar soon af­ter the late Bal Thack­eray made the de­mand ahead of the as­sem­bly elec­tions in 1994. The party has sug­gested that Os­man­abad be re­named Dha­rashiv and Khultabad as Rat­naprabha.

The RSS has been call­ing Au­rangabad Khadki and Os­man­abad Dha­rashiv. Some right-wing or­gan­i­sa­tions have been de­mand­ing the re­nam­ing of Is­lam­pur in San­gli district as Ish­varpur.

Non-po­lit­i­cal stake­hold­ers are, how­ever, not keen on re­nam­ing these places. Prasad Kokil, im­me­di­ate past pres­i­dent of Cham­ber of Marath­wada In­dus­tries and Agri­cul­ture, said that de­vel­op­ing in­fra­struc­ture and eco-sys­tem for busi­nesses and in­dus­tries should be the pri­or­ity for po­lit­i­cal par­ties.

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