“It is a wrong perception that the demand is being raked up by the Shiv Sena deliberately ahead of the Aurangabad civic body polls. The city will be named after Sambhaji Maharaj in keeping with the aspirations of the masses in Aurangabad and the region. We will always support such public sentiments,” he said.
Shinde did not directly respond to a query on when the city will actually be renamed, and instead said CM Uddhav Thackeray has thrown his weight behind the demand. When asked about the status of the proposal of naming the Aurangabad airport after Sambhaji Maharaj, the minister said the necessary communication has already been established with the Centre. “We hope the Centre will name the airport after Sambhaji Maharaj without further delay,” he added.