Amid the looming threat of him losing his seat of power as he faces a call for a floor test, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has called for a Cabinet meet today where a decision to rename Aurangabad to Sambhajinagar will be made. While Navi Mumbai airport will be named DB Patil Interational Airport instead of Balasaheb Thackeray and Usmanabad will be renamed Dharashiv.
The decision at today’s meet comes on the heels of Transport Minister Anil Parab of the Shiv Sena making the demand of renaming Aurangabad city in central Maharashtra to Sambhajinagar.
Earlier this month, CM Uddhav Thackeray had said that he will fulfill the promise made by Balasaheb and will rename Aurangabad as Sambhaji Nagar.
Addressing a rally in Aurangabad on June 8, Uddhav Thackeray said, “Hindutva is in our every breath… Telling lies is not our Hindutva, this is not what Balasaheb Thackeray taught us…Balasaheb Thackeray had announced that Aurangabad would be renamed Sambhaji Nagar and I will fulfill this promise.”
The Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government is facing an existential crisis following a rebellion in Shiv Sena after being accused of compromising with its core ideology of Hindutva. The opposition BJP has been trying to corner the Sena, which heads the three-party government, over renaming the central Maharashtra city after Maratha king Chhatrapati Sambhaji.
Considered a polarising figure in Indian history, Mughal emperor Aurangazeb founded the city of Aurangabad in the Marathwada region of the present-day Maharashtra. He had also ordered the execution of Chhatrapati Sambhaji, a personality revered by the Shiv Sena.