Decision To Rename Aurangabad In Last Cabinet Meeting Was Illegal, Will Approve It Afresh: Cm Shinde
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Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Friday said the previous Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government’s decision to rename Aurangabad city, when it was reduced to a minority, was illegal, and would be reaffirmed in the next cabinet meeting.
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The Uddhav Thackeray-led MVA government announced the renaming of Aurangabad in central Maharashtra to ‘Sambhajinagar’ – after Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s elder son Chhatrapati Sambhaji – in its last cabinet meeting on June 29, hours before Thackeray resigned. . After splitting the Thackeray-led Shiv Sena, Shinde was sworn in as chief minister the next day with the support of the BJP.
Government was in minority, holding cabinet meeting ‘illegal’: CM
The Chief Minister claimed at an event here that the Maha Vikas Aghadi government in its last cabinet meeting decided to rename Aurangabad as Sambhajinagar even though the government was in a minority. It was illegal to hold a cabinet meeting in such a situation. “The name Sambhajinagar is already there, we will confirm it in the next cabinet meeting,” he said. He said this would make the decision legally secure.
Rebellion to save party and workers: Shinde
He also said that he had rebelled against the Shiv Sena leadership to save the party and its workers. Shinde, who was a senior minister in the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress government, said that despite being the Chief Minister in the three-party government, we did not get anything politically. We came fourth in the Nagar Panchayat elections.”
Shinde claimed that his decision was in the interest of the party so the people of the state have accepted his decision to revolt.
If the name is not changed within a month, we will agitate: Chandrakant Khaire
Meanwhile, Shiv Sena leader from Aurangabad and former MP Chandrakant Khaire, who was loyal to Thackeray, warned that party workers would launch an agitation if the city’s name was not changed within a month.
He said the Shinde-led government put a stay on the name change, which was an insult to Chhatrapati Sambhaji. “When the BJP was in power from 2014-19, why didn’t the name change work? The BJP-led central government didn’t even pass a resolution to name the Aurangabad airport (for Chhatrapati Sambhaji),” he said. He demanded that the airport should also be renamed within a month.
The stay on the decision to change the name of Aurangabad is unacceptable: Ambadas Danve
Aurangabad district’s Shiv Sena chief Ambadas Danve also said the stay on the decision to rename the city was “unacceptable”.
How Aurangzeb became your relative: Sanjay Raut
On the other hand, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut has taken a jibe at the decision to convert Aurangabad into Sambhaji Nagar. He asked in a questioning manner that how did Aurangzeb become your relative? Raut, who is on a two-day visit to Vidarbha, said such a decision was taken by the people who formed the government on the issue of Hindutva. He has termed this decision of Shinde as anti-Maharashtra.