Sawant pulls out Marathi card once again, demands renaming of five suburban railway stations
Shiv Sena has once again pulled out its Marathi card demanding the renaming of five suburban railway stations in Mumbai. Sena Lok Sabha MP from Mumbai South Arvind Sawant raised the issue in the Lok Sabha last week demanding the Centre to rename Elphinstone Road, Bombay Central, Charni Road stations on Western Railway and Curry Road and Sandhurst Road stations on Central Railway arguing that the names were old British era ones and hence should be renamed. It may be recalled that last year in November the Sena and BJP were locked in a bitter dispute over taking credit for naming the new suburban railway station between Jogeshwari and Goregaon on Western Railway as Ram Mandir.
Raising the issue last week in the Lok Sabha Sawant demanded that the Elphinstone Road station on the Western Railway line be renamed as Prabhadevi. While the name of Bombay Central railway station be changed to Nana Shankar Seth. Sawant said that the late philanthropist was known for his contribution to the city and its growth in its initial years. Seth had also contributed to the construction of the Victoria Terminus, now renamed as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus by the previous Shiv Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government between 1995-99.
Besides this, Sawant also demanded renaming of Charni Road station as Girgaon. On the Central Railway line, Curry Road station be renamed as Lalbaug station and Sandhurst Road station as Dongri. Raising the issue he said that most of these railway stations have colonial names. Curry Road station is in Lalbaug area, whereas Sandhurst Road station is in Dongri area, while Charni Road station is in Girgaon area of Mumbai. He further argued that the addresses and pin codes of these station areas are identified with Lalbaug, Dongri and Girgaon rather than with any of these station areas.