Ramdas Athawale demands to rename Mumbai Central station to Bhimrao Ambedkar

Union Minister Ramdas Athawale mentioned that he will be meeting Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal to adhere to his demand

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On Friday, October 12, 2018, Union Minister Ramdas Athawale demanded to rename Mumbai Central railway station after late Dalit leader Bhimrao Ambedkar. He mentioned that he would meet Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal to submit his demand.

Athawale said that Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar had spent a lot of time in Mumbai and led several social movements which were conceptualised by him. He added that it will be appropriate to name Mumbai Central station after him. He further said that Dalits welcomed the renaming of Mumbai International Airport and Victoria Terminus after Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

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Earlier in July this year, Elphinstone Road station on Western Railway's suburban network was rename as Prabhadevi. On December 16, 2016, Maharashtra Assembly took a decision of changing the name of Elphinstone station to Prabhadevi.

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