Aurangabad airport
Aurangabad airport

Mumbai: The Maharashtra Assembly on Friday unanimously passed a resolution recommending to the Centre that the Aurangabad airportin the state be renamed as "Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj Airport, Aurangabad".

It also passed a resolution to rename Mumbai central station here after the philanthropist Nana Shankarsheth.

The resolution to rename Aurangabad airport was moved by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and passed by a voice vote.

The state cabinet took the decision to rename the airport after Sambhaji, the elder son of iconic warrior king Shivaji, recently.

The decision was taken after the BJP tried to corner its former ally Shiv Sena by reminding it of its old demand to rename Aurangabad, a central Maharashtra city which derives its name from Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, as Sambhajinagar.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anil Parab moved another resolution, seeking to rename Mumbai central station in the city as "Nana Shankarshet Mumbai Central Station".

Jagannath"Nana" Shankarshet was a famous 19th century philanthropist who played an important role in the infrastructure development in the city.

Opposition members were not present when Parab moved the resolution as they had staged a walk-out to protest againstDeputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar's reply to the budget.

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