Mumbai, November 26: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the several other saffron brigade is again successful in renaming another station in the city. A newly built station between Jogeshwari and Goregaon that was supposed to be named Oshiwara following the tradition, will now be named as Ram Mandir. On Friday, Maharashtra state chief minister Devendra Fadnavis showed the green flag to the name, after BJP and Shiv Sena leaders had filed a petition for months. The petitioners have given several reasons behind renaming the station to Ram Mandir. Also Read - Coronavirus in Mumbai: Siddhivinayak Temple to Shut Entry For Those Without Online Registration
Devendra Fadnavis reportedly confirmed the development after which senior railway officials said the CMO has approved it on Thursday. The Railway Authority in a notification said, “The GoM is pleased to direct the name of the proposed station between Jogeshwari-Goregaon stations of Western Railway will be Ram Mandir.” Also Read - Coronavirus: Amid Rising Cases, BMC Shuts Mumbai's Iconic Oval Maidan From Tomorrow
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Since the name ‘Ram Mandir’ remained in a pipeline for the last couple of weeks as there were a couple of disagreement between some politicians. But some BJP members have argued that the name Ram Mandir is kept after a temple in Oshiwara. Some railway authorities wanted to name the station as Oshiwara – the area which is famously known for last several decades. Also, there is a small river by the same name in the vicinity.
A BJP leader Vidya Thakur who is also a cabinet member of Devendra Fadnavis government campaigned for last several months after which they were successful in getting a notification from the state government. Shiv Sena leader Gajanan Kirtikar was also part of the campaign.
However, Vidya Thakur dismissed speculation that the name was a reference to the contentious Ram Mandir issue in Ayodhya that led to deadly riots in Mumbai and across India in 1992 and 1993.
In 1992, the Babri Masjid was destroyed by a mob allegedly led by Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad who claimed that the land where the mosque was constructed was a birthplace of Lord Ram. Western Railway Public Relations Officer Ravindra B Aklekar said that the naming of the stations was under the purview of state government.