Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, in his tweet on Friday, referred to Aurangabad as Sambhaji Nagar in detail about what was new in what he did as Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, was not secular and did not fit the secular agenda.
Speaking to the media when asked about CMO’s tweet, Thackeray said, “What’s new in what I have done in Afghanistan? Aurangzeb was not secular so Aurangzeb does not fit the secular agenda.”
Amid the ongoing tussle between Shiv Sena and Congress over the renaming of Aurangabad, Thackeray used the name Sambhaji Nagar instead of Aurangabad in his official Twitter handle and the Congress warned him to avoid the name for the city.
A few days ago, amid a row to change the name in Aurangabad’s Sambhaji Nagar, SP MLA Abu Azmi wrote a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar urging him to stop renaming politics.
“These days, the name of Aurangabad is being changed to politics. If changing the name helps its development, then the names have to be changed. But in that case, Raigad was renamed Sambhajinagar and Maharashtra. should go.” Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, who was the idol of harmony between Hindus and Muslims, ”Azmi said.
“Or, and, Maharashtra’s name should be Swarajya. If you are unable to do so, then stop these politics around renaming Aurangabad,” he further wrote.
Earlier, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut clarified that the Maharashtra government was clear on renaming the city after Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s warrior Sambhaji.