Shiv Sena on Saturday said it would not affect the three-party Maha Bikash Ahadi (MVA) government after the Congress opposed the proposal to rename Aurangabad as Sambha Jingar in Maharashtra. Significantly, two days ago, state Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat said his party would vehemently oppose any proposal by Sambha Zinger to name Aurangabad.
However, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut expressed confidence that the issue would be resolved if all the parties involved in the alliance (MVA) – Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party and Congress sit together and discuss. Thurat said on Thursday that changing the names of the places was not part of the general minimum program of the three ruling parties.
It is noteworthy that almost two decades ago, Shiv Sena demanded to change the name of Aurangabad to Sambha Jingar. In June 1955, a resolution to this effect was passed in the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation, which was challenged by the Congress Councilor in the High Court and later in the Supreme Court.
Shiv Sena spokesperson Samana said that the Congress had opposed the proposal to name Aurangabad as Sambha Jingar. The BJP is happy with this. But it is not new for Congress to oppose this proposal and so it is foolish to associate it with the MVA government.
Samana said that although the name was not changed in the official records, Shiv Sena supremo late Balasaheb Thackeray named Aurangabad as Sambha Zingar when he was the Congress chief minister in the state. The people agreed. Shiv Sena indirectly attacked the BJP, saying, “But some people think that naming Aurangabad will cause controversy in the ruling alliance.”
The spokesman said Thorat had announced that his party would oppose any proposal by the MOA government to change the name to Aurangabad. This is his demand. After his remarks, BJP leaders started demanding that Shiv Sena should clarify its position on the issue. However, Shiv Sena has not changed its position on this.
It is said that Balasaheb Thackeray changed the name of Aurangabad to Sambha Jingar 30 years ago, which was accepted by the people. And soon it will be official as well. The party led by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had said that BJP leader Chandrakant Patil had raised the question of whether Allahabad could be renamed Prayagraj, Faizabad could be renamed Ayodhya but why Aurangabad should not be renamed Sambha Zingar? Is
Shiv Sena said, but we want to know why the party (BJP) did not do it when it was in power in Maharashtra? The party said any state needed a foundation of self-respect and even the Congress agreed that (the Mughal ruler) Aurangzeb was not a secular man. The Muslims of Maharashtra have sided with the Shiv Sena. They want development and welfare.
The Shiv Sena said that spiritually killing Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj and naming a city in Maharashtra after Aurangzeb would be an insult to the memory of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The team said, but what Thorat is saying is correct. The Government of Maharashtra is responsible for implementing the Common Minimum Program (CMP) to provide justice to the oppressed and farmers.
The party said Congress’ opposition to the name change proposal would affect the MVA alliance. Raut, meanwhile, says Balasaheb Thackeray was named Sambha Zingar 30 years ago. Now all that is left is paper work. The issue will be resolved when all MVA collaborators sit down and talk. At the same time, Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam said that a coalition government was formed to work, not to change the name of the city. He said there was no mention of naming Aurangabad in the CMP.