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Proposal to rename Mumbai’s Kala Ghoda square after ex-PM of Israel rejected

In Tuesday’s meeting, the civic administration put forth the proposal, which was opposed by Samajwadi Party’s Rais Shaikh, who then got the support from Congress.

mumbai Updated: Jan 16, 2018 21:26 IST
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The proposal was to name the junction of VB Gandhi Marg and Saibaba Marg at Fort after Peres. It was originally requested by Federation of Indo-Israel Chamber of Commerce.(FILE)

Two days ahead of Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Mumbai, a proposal to rename a square in Kala Ghoda area of south Mumbai after former Prime Minister of Israel Shimon Peres was rejected in the meeting of the group leaders of various parties in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Tuesday.

The BJP backed proposal was strongly opposed by the Congress and Samajwadi Party, while the Shiv Sena remained neutral.

Group leaders of the political parties in the civic body meet once a fortnight to decide on various topics to be taken up in the general body of elected representatives.

In Tuesday’s meeting, the civic administration put forth the proposal, which was opposed by Samajwadi Party’s Rais Shaikh, who then got the support from Congress.

The proposal was to name the junction of VB Gandhi Marg and Saibaba Marg at Fort after Peres. It was originally requested by Federation of Indo-Israel Chamber of Commerce.

Shaikh alleged the civic administration proposed it to please the Israeli guests and Central government. Shaikh said, “The former prime minister of Israel had no role in the development of our country, so why name an iconic place in Mumbai after him.”.

First Published: Jan 16, 2018 21:25 IST