Close on the heels of the Uttar
Pradesh government's decision to rechristen Allahabad and
Faizabad, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut Thursday sought to know
when will the Maharashtra government rename the state's
Aurangabad and Osmanabad cities.
The Yogi Adityanath government in UP had last month
renamed Allahabad as "Prayagraj", and on Tuesday announced
that Faizabad district will henceforth be known as Ayodhya.
Raut in a tweet said, "Yogi Adityanath renamed
Faizabad as Ayodhya, Allahabad as Prayagraj. When will
(Maharashtra) Chief Minister Devendraji (Fadnavis) rechristen
Aurangabad to Sambhaji Nagar and Osmanabad to Dharashiv."
Shiv Sena spokesperson Manisha Kayande said their
demand to rename Aurangabad and Osmanabad is not new.
"This has been our long standing demand and was raised
several times, but the Congress and the Nationalist Congress
Party (NCP) opposed it (when the parties were in power) to
appease Muslim voters," she said.
The Gujarat government had also recently said that it
was keen on rechristening Ahmedabad as Karnavati, if there
were no legal hurdles.
Ayodhya is known around the world for Lord Ram and the
festival of Diwali is celebrated due to the legend of him
returning home from "vanvas" (exile).
Earlier this year, the Mughalsarai railway station in
Uttar Pradesh was also renamed as Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya
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