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‘Don’t force Sena to blacken Bombay HC’s name’

The Shiv Sena has revived its campaign to obliterate the word, Bombay, from public usage.

mumbai Updated: Mar 20, 2010 01:00 IST
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The Shiv Sena has revived its campaign to obliterate the word, Bombay, from public usage.

The saffron party wants to rename the Bombay High Court as Mumbai High Court and has threatened to blacken all boards displaying Bombay High Court.

“It is an issue of Maharashtra’s pride. The government should take swift action and shouldn’t wait for the day when Sainiks go about blackening the Bombay from the Bombay High Court,” Senior Sena Leader and MLC Diwakar Raote said in the Legislative Council on Friday.

Raote said former chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh had promised to take up the issue of renaming the Bombay High Court with the Centre, but there was no action.

“The Centre doesn’t seem very keen on changing the name. The state government should take up this issue with the Centre,” he added.

On March 11, 50 Sainiks removed the letter ‘B’ from the Bombay Natural History Society’s nameplate at Colaba and also covered the word Bombay written in the Devnagri script with a placard saying Mumbai.

‘Revive post of Marathi translator’

On Friday, Shiv Sena activists met Central Railway General Manager B.B. Modgil and asked him to explain why the post of Marathi translator has been scrapped. The Sainiks said until 1960 such a post existed in the railways and the Central Railway should revive it. “We will have to examine our records,” said S.C. Mudgerikar, chief public relations officer, Central Railway.