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Maharashtra govt renames talukas, districts Sambhajinagar, Dharashiv | Aurangabad News

CHHATRAPATI SAMBHAJINAGAR: The state government on Saturday announced that the Aurangabad and Osmanabad talukas, districts, subdivisions and divisions too will take the names Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar and Dharashiv, respectively.
Two separate official gazettes, dated September 15, declaring the change in the names concerned were made public by the respective district administrations just a few hours before the start of the special cabinet meeting for Marathwada.
Chief minister Eknath Shinde said the state government has fulfilled the long-pending demand of renaming these two places in Marathwada.
“Late Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray had announced the renaming of Aurangabad long ago. We have now fulfilled the demand taking into account all the technicalities and legalities,” he said.
The decision evoked sharp criticism from those opposing the renaming of cities/districts concerned. Hashim Osmani, who has already challenged the decision in the Bombay high court, said the state government has no respect for the judiciary.
“The renaming has been done even while the matter is pending before the court. We will continue our legal battle,” he said, adding that it is unfortunate that the government is dividing people in the name of religion while celebrating the 75 years of Marathwada’s liberation.
AIMIM MP Imtiaz Jaleel accused the government of playing communal politics under the pretext of holding a special cabinet meeting for Marathwada.
“The government secretly issued gazette notifications a day before the cabinet meeting. The decision has to survive the legal test as the matter is pending before the court,” he said.

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