All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) Maharashtra unit president and Aurangabad MP Imtiaz Jaleel slammed the Union and state governments criticising the renaming of two Maharashtra cities — Aurangabad and Osmanabad — which have been changed to Chhatrapati Sambhaji Nagar and Dharashiv, respectively.
The Ministry of Home Affairs Friday approved the state government’s decision and informed it that it has no objection.
“We will continue to oppose this decision. It has been taken without taking the residents of these cities into confidence. The fate of our cities can’t be decided by people sitting in Mumbai or Delhi,” Imtiaz Jaleel, said.
Jaleel added that the decision was taken in spite of the matter being sub-judice. The Bombay High Court is presently hearing a petition challenging the renaming.
“Will changing the name of Aurangabad resolve the problems faced by the citizens? Now that its name has been changed, the government should tell me if the people residing in Aurangabad will get water twice daily. Even today, the water is supplied every eight days,” Jaleel said.
Jaleel and his party chief Asaduddin Owaisi MP were addressing a press conference in Navi Mumbai before the two-day national convention of the party which began Saturday.