Congress opposed the request of the Maratha Sambhaji Brigade to rename Pune as "Jijapur". Former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan pointed out that a name change would erase the glorious history of the city.
"What is the purpose of these mundane proposals? Is the story of Pune so shameful that his name is changed? "The BJP, which has taken power on the board of" development ", is now playing such trivial name-changing games to hide its failures. Such initiatives (such as renaming Allahabad as Prayagraj) were deliberately taken before the elections to sow social discord, "he said.
The Sambhaji Brigade handed the district collector a memorandum on Monday officially asking to change the name of the city, in memory of Chhatrapati Shivaji's mother, Jijabai.
History of prosperity
"The forces of Adilshah of Bijapur ravaged Pune in the 1630s. It was a time of conflict. It's the vision and courage of Jijabai that helped rehabilitate the people and make the city prosperous, "said Santosh Shinde of the Sambhaji Brigade. Jijabai's symbolic gesture of plowing the country with a gold plow marks the beginning of the prosperity of the city, he said.
The brigade also expressed support for Shiv Sena's request to change the names of Aurangabad and Osmanabad to Sambhaji Nagar and Dharashiv, respectively.
At the same time, Imtiaz Jaleel, legislator of Aurangabad for the Indian party Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen, opposed these demands, calling these proposals "frivolous". "It is rather unfortunate that political parties are wasting time on such issues instead of trying to beautify the city. What is the purpose of these proposals and what will they prove?
"Known for garbage"
"Aurangabad is now identified by its waste problems. Although Shiv Sena is in power within the state and the civic body, he has done nothing to improve the city. And now, he wants to rename a decrepit city in memory of King Sambhaji. It's really a pity and a shame, "said Mr. Jaleel.