MUMBAI: A day after state Congress president and revenue minister Balasaheb Thorat expressed his strong displeasure over the mention of the Shiv Sena’s name for Aurangabad on the CMO’s Twitter handle, deputy chief minister and NCP leader Ajit Pawar said that since it’s a three-party government, senior leaders of the Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena will deliberate and resolve the dispute amicably.
“It’s a three-party government, and we have drafted a common minimum programme for the Maha Vikas Aghadi. Under such circumstances, it is possible an unexpected subject may come up for discussion. Senior leaders of the three parties will sit together and resolve the dispute,” Pawar said while referring to the ongoing row.
Ajit Pawar also spoke on the Metro car shed issue issue. “There is a dispute over the Kanjurmarg land (identified by the MVA government for the Metro 3 car shed in place of Aarey). I am sure that since chief minister Uddhav Thackeray has stepped in, he will take a decision and resolve the dispute,” Pawar said.
NCP spokesperson and skill development minister Nawab Malik ruled out the possibility of the MVA government renaming Aurangabad as Sambhajinagar. “There is no such subject on the agenda of the Maha Vikas Aghadi government. We have drafted a common minimum programme, and changing the names of cities does not form a part of the agenda. The NCP will not support any move to rename Aurangabad as Sambhajinagar,” Malik told TOI.
A week ago, the Aurangabad district administration had submitted a proposal to the state to rename Aurangabad as Sambhajinagar, the name the Shiv Sena has been using for the city for over two decades. The Congress has strongly opposed the move.
When Aurangabad was referred to as Sambhajinagar on the Maharashtra CMO’s Twitter handle on Wednesday, Thorat had said,
“We do not approve of such a proposal, and it was wrong on the part of a government agency to approve it.”