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Why stakes are high in renaming of Aurangabad as Sambhaji Nagar?
There is a long standing demand of the Shiv Sena for renaming Aurangabad city in Maharashtra as Sambahji Nagar.
The city and its name:
- Aurangabad was built in 1610 by Malik Ambar of the Nijamshahi dynasty.
- It was renamed Aurangabad by Mughal emperor Aurangzeb when he made it his capital.
Why there is a demand for renaming?
Aurangzeb, who lived in Aurangabad until his death, tortured and killed Chhatrapati Sambahji Maharaj, son of the Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
Thus, they are demanding that the city be renamed Sambhaji Nagar.
In 1995, the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) passed a resolution to rename Aurangabad as Sambhaji Nagar.
Sources: Indian Express.