It’s a matter of people’s feelings’: Sanjay Raut on renaming Aurangabad to Sambhajinagar
Over the ongoing war of words between MVA allies over renaming Aurangabad to Sambhajinagar, Shiv Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut on Saturday said that It’s a matter of people’s feelings, so the party can discuss it but the decision has been taken.
On being asked why Congress opposes renaming Aurangabad to Sambhajinagar, Raut told ANI, “I don’t know. Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray has clearly said that for us, it is Sambhajinagar and will remain so.”
Aurangabad was built in 1610 by Malik Ambar of the Nijamshahi dynasty. It was renamed Aurangabad by Mughal emperor Aurangzeb when he made it his capital. Aurangzeb, who lived in Aurangabad until his death, tortured and killed Chhatrapati Sambahji Maharaj, son of the Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
The then Sena-led government in Maharashtra headed by CM Manohar Joshi issued a notification seeking public suggestions and objections on changing the city’s name. Then Congress corporator Mushtaq Ahmed challenged it in the High Court, which disposed of the matter stating that no decision had been taken. “Then, I went to the Supreme Court that granted a stay on the notification and the status quo was maintained. After the Congress-NCP came to power in 1999, the government withdrew the notification,” said Ahmed, who is now with NCP. He said if MVA takes a decision on renaming, he will challenge the decision in court.
Since then, the renaming has been a contentious issue that resurfaces ahead of every election. It has now become a point of tension between the MVA alliance partners ahead of the AMC elections, likely to be held in the first quarter of this year.