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PTI mumbai India
Updated: 08-11-2018 15:49 IST

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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