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Sena ruled civic body passes bill to rename Aurangabad

Tuesday January 04, 2011 08:51:04 PM, Agencies

Aurangabad/Mumbai: Miffed over removal of the statue of Shivaji Maharaj's tutor Dadoji Konddev from the historic Lal Mahal in Pune, the Shiv Sena-BJP combine January 4 ensured passage of a resolution in the Aurangabad civic body to rename the historic city as Sambhajinagar.

The resolution was passed by a voice vote at a special general body meeting of the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) January4, Mayor Anita Ghodele said.


Observers, however, feel that the actual renaming is far away as it would need assent of the State and Central governments, both controlled by Congress-NCP secular alliance.


The move is seen as an attempt to hit back at the Congress party- Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) which has removed the statue of Maratha warrior Shivaji’s tutor Dadaji Konddev from the historic Lal Mahal in Pune recently.

A Sena leader said that the renaming of Aurangabad as Sambhaji Nagar and Osmanabad as Dharashivhad has been pending since 1995. Aurangabad, he said was named after the Muslim Mogul Emperor Aurangzeb and the Hindus were against it.

“The AMC in June 1995 passed a resolution to rename Aurangabad as Sambhaji Nagar by majority vote and the proposal was sent to the Maharashtra government for approval,” he said.

In November 1995, the Sena-BJP government which was in power in the state, issued a Government Resolution (GR) approving the proposal of the AMC. But the GR was not implemented as a local court issued a stay order on a petition filed by AMC Councilor Mushtaq Ahmed. The Congress-NCP government which came to power later cancelled the GR.

Crying foul over the Sena move to rename Aurangabad, the Congress condemned the Sena move and asked the Sena-BJP alliance instead to focus on the development of the city.

Rafiq Siddiqui, a Congress leader, said that the Sena-BJP move to rename Aurangabad and Osmanabad cities is nothing but communal politics and a plan to create Hindu-Muslim divide and antagonize the Muslim community. And any such move would only boomerang on the saffron alliance.








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