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Prakash Ambedkar opposes naming of Navi Mumbai airport after Bal Thackeray | Navi Mumbai News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) chief Prakash Ambedkar on Thursday jumped into the controversy over the naming of Navi Mumbai International Airport issue. He objected to naming the airport after Shiv Sena supremo late Bal Thackeray and seconded the locals’ demand for it to be named after former parliamentarian DB Patil.
Clarifying his stand, grandson of Dr BR Ambedkar said that the original residents of Ulve, Kopar and Panvel had surrendered their land for the airport project and the fight for the rights of project affected persons led by Patil.
“He was also contributed to the movement for the rights of OBC’s. Patil has represented Raigad district in the Lok Sabha for four time and also held the post of opposition leader in the state assembly. Considering his contribution for the poor society, the state government should appreciate the sentiments of the locals who had surrendered their ancestors land for the airport project, should accept their demand to name the airport after DB Patil. VBA also demanded that the airport should be named after Patil,” said Ambedkar.
On Thursday, all party action committee protested in Thane and Panvel belt, demanding to name the airport after their leader.



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