Maharashtra Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat said on Thursday that if there is a proposal to change the name of Aurangabad, his party will strongly oppose it. He said that changing the names of places was not a part of the Common Minimum Program (CMP) of the Shiv Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi () government.
Twenty years ago, Shiv Sena demanded to rename Aurangabad
Two decades ago, Shiv Sena first demanded to change the name of Aurangabad to Sambhajinagar. Thorat, a minister in the Maharashtra cabinet, said, “If there is a proposal to change the name of Aurangabad to Sambhajinagar, the Congress will strongly oppose it. In response to a question, he told reporters, our party does not believe in changing the name because it does not develop the common man.
He said, “Although we are part of the MVA alliance, we will definitely oppose such a proposal.” I am not aware of any proposal to change the name of Aurangabad. “
Asked about Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s recent letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Thorat said, Sonia Gandhi is one of the leaders responsible for the formation of MVA like Sharad Pawar of NCP and Uddhav Thackeray of Shiv Sena. He said, “Like Sharad Pawar, Sonia Gandhi also has the right to guide the government.”
In a letter to Thackeray, Gandhi reminded the CMP of the MVA government in the state and demanded to implement some measures for the welfare of Dalits and tribals.