Following UP CM Yogi Adityanath's government's decision to rename Allahabad and Faizabad to Pragyaraj and Sri Ayodhya respectively, Shiv Sena firebrand Sanjay Raut on Wednesday made a jibe at the BJP asking 'when is Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis going to rename Aurangabad to Sambhaji Nagar and Osmanabad to Dharashiv Nagar'.
"Yogi Adityanath has renamed Allahabad and Faizabad to Pragyaraj and Ayodhya. When will CM Devendra Fadnavis rename Aurangabad to Sambhaji Nagar and Osmanabad to Dharashiv Nagar?" Raut tweeted.
Although the Shiv Sena is an ally of BJP in ruling governments at the Centre, in the state of Maharashtra and in the BMC, and plans to once again join hands with it in assembly polls, it rarely misses an opportunity to attack the party. The Sena also frequently uses its mouthpiece 'Saamna' to hit out at opposing parties as well as the BJP.
The demand for the renaming of Aurangabad and Osmanabad goes back to two decades. However, there have not been formal petitions to change the names of the city by the current state government.
The matter of changing names of districts, cities and important sites has come to the fore politically in the last few months, particularly in cases where the extant name was associated with 'foreign invaders'.
On November 6, before UP CM Yogi's announcement about renaming of Faizabad, he had also renamed the Ekank Statium in Lucknow to Atal Bihari Vajpayee stadium after the late Prime Minister of India. The same day Gujarat Deputy CM Nitin Patel also said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government was willing to change Ahmedabad's to Karnavati name if it gets past the legal hurdles and receives required support.
In 2014, Aurangzeb Road in Lutyens Delhi was renamed to APJ Abdul Kalam Road to honour the late President. In 2016, the city of Gurgaon came to called Gurugram to as it is believed that the name of the city came from Guru Dronacharya, from the Mahabharat.
There are demands to change the name of the city of Ahmedabad in Gujarat to Karnavati and the city of Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh to Bhojpal. The idea behind naming the Gujarat city is to honour King Karan Dev who is said to have founded the city in the 11th century. The demand to rename Bhopal to Bhojpal came up in 2016 is to mark 1,000 years since the coronation of King Bhojpal.