Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray asked the state government to take a leaf from neighbouring Gujarat, which removed the word ‘Bombay’ from all its official laws and replaced it with Gujarat.
Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi had made the announcement on the 51st ‘Gujarat Day’ celebrations at Gandhinagar on Saturday.
Like Gujarat, there are 67 acts and laws in the state, which still carry the name ‘Bombay’. These laws were enacted when the state was considered a part of an undivided Bombay state, which included Gujarat, which was split on May 1, 1960.
Maharashtra continues to have acts and laws, which include ‘Bombay’ even after it was established as a state in 1960.
“Why can’t Maharashtra do what Gujarat can? Maharashtra should pass a special bill during the monsoon session and make these changes. ‘Maharashtra’ should replace ‘Bombay’ in all its acts and laws,” Thackeray said.
Shiv Sena has always been at the forefront on objecting the usage of the word ‘Bombay’ and not using ‘Mumbai’. In 1995, when Shiv Sena came into power in the state, the first thing the party did was to rename Bombay as Mumbai.
In 2008, the Sena vandalised several signboards including that of ‘Bombay Dyeing’ and school ‘Bombay Scottish’ saying there should change the name to Mumbai.
In a recent case, the Sena had raised objections to Maharashtra governor K Sakaranarayanan’s speech, on January 26, 2011, where he referred to Mumbai as ‘Bombay’.