Aurangabad & Osmanabad Officially Renamed As ‘Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar’ & ‘Dharashiv’ Respectively

by Vaishalee Kalvankar
Aurangabad & Osmanabad Officially Renamed As ‘Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar’ & ‘Dharashiv’ Respectively

The Maharashtra government formally issued a notification on Friday on the renaming of Aurangabad and Osmanabad districts as Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar and Dharashiv, respectively. The Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Eknath Shinde, and Deputy Chief Ministers Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar together unveiled the renaming plaques on September 16, 2023. 

Aurangabad & Osmanabad Officially Renamed

This decision to rename was taken during a special cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde. Aurangabad and Osmanabad both fall within the Marathwada area.

The Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Eknath Shinde, posted pictures from the unveiling ceremony on his X, formerly Twitter, account. 

According to notifications released by Santosh Gawde, deputy secretary of the state revenue department, with the orders in place, the area, districts, tehsils, and villages of Aurangabad and Osmanabad have been renamed “Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar” and “Dharashiv,” respectively.

The government decided to modify the names at the sub-division, village, taluka, and district levels after taking into account the recommendations and objections requested a few months ago, according to the notification released by the state revenue department. (As per Hindustan Times)

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Eknath Shinde-led Administration Reaffirmed The Decision

On June 29, 2022, during its final cabinet meeting, the former Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, which had Uddhav Thackeray as its chief minister, made the initial decision. On July 16, 2022, the Eknath Shinde-led administration reaffirmed it. Following a petition at the high court challenging the same, the decision was suspended.

However, the applications were denied, and according to an official, the state administration has received approval from the Union Home Ministry to rename the two districts.

The MVA administration approved a plan to rename Aurangabad Airport as “Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj Airport” in March 2020 as a goodwill gesture.

Right-wing organizations and the late Shiv Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray launched the controversial and long-pending demand to rename both the districts and the cities.

The then-Mughal emperor Aurangzeb assassinated Chhatrapati Sambhaji, the son of Maratha King Chhatrapati Shivaji. (As per Hindustan Times)

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