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Pune News: Aurangabad and Osmanabad renamed Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar and Dharashiv

Pune: Central government has given its nod to the proposal of the Maharashtra state government to rename two cities in the state. Aurangabad and Osmanabad will now be known as Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar and Dharashiv. 

The state government first proposed to change the names of these two cities, and it received widespread support from various quarters. After a resolution was passed in the state legislature and the cabinet, the proposal was sent to the central government for final approval.

The Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, has now issued a letter, dated February 24, 2023, approving the proposal to change the name of Aurangabad to Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar. Similarly, Osmanabad has been renamed Dharashiv, per the notification dated February 7, 2023.

The decision to change the names of these two cities has been a long-standing demand of many people in Maharashtra. The renaming of Aurangabad is particularly significant, as it was named after the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, a controversial figure in Indian history. The new names of these cities are in line with the rich history and culture of Maharashtra. Chhatrapati Sambhaji was a renowned Maratha king who fought against the Mughal empire, while Dharashiv is a historical place associated with the Bhonsle dynasty.

The General Administration Department of Maharashtra has issued a notification to make the name change official. With this, the process of renaming the two cities has been completed. The decision to rename the cities has received mixed reactions from various sections of society. While some have welcomed the move, others have expressed opposition, citing various reasons.

Despite the criticism, the Maharashtra government has made the decision, stating that it is in the state’s and its people’s best interest. Renaming these cities is expected to bring a new identity and sense of pride among the people of Maharashtra.

Mrunal Jadhav 

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