While Shiv Sena felt that it is not 'secular' behaviour if one finds 'cruel and religiously blind' Mughal emperor Aurangzeb 'dear', Congress accused the Sena and the BJP of playing politics.
Congress has objected saying that before renaming any city, the historical and social background has to be also studied.
Despite state Congress president Balasaheb Thorat’s objections, the Chief Minister's Office has been using Sambhaji Nagar for Aurangabad.
Maharashtra minister and state Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat has been saying that his party would strongly oppose the move to rename Aurangabad.
The Maharashtra cabinet had in March 2020 decided to rename the Aurangabad Airport after Sambhaji Maharaj.
Patil chided the Shiv Sena, which has been a votary of the name change for several years, but was now in alliance with the Congress, which has consistently opposed it.
Union Minister Ramdas Athawale expressed confidence that a BJP-RPI government will soon be in power in Maharashtra.
Shiv Sena is confident of renaming Aurangabad as Sambhaji Nagar despite Opposition strong from the Congress party which is one of Sena’s alliance partners in Maharashtra.
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut expressed confidence that the issue would be resolved when all the Maha Vikas Aghadi allies- Sena, NCP and Congress- sit together and talk.
In the run-up to the polls, Shiv Sena had promised to rename Aurangabad.
As part of a community policing programme, Pundalik Nagar police station has started English classes for children from nearby slums, for a period of 15 days, with the help of a teacher.
A woman, who had returned to Aurangabad in Maharashtra from the UK in the last few weeks, has tested coronavirus positive.
Locals say monkeys have been inhabiting the Upla village since long, but their attacks have gone up in the past few months.
The tenure of 611 gram panchayats in the district will complete by this month-end, while the tenure of seven other panchayats ended in April this year.
Save further said that the scheme was sanctioned and all the formalities were completed in December last year, but it has taken a year to start the work.