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Rename Mumbai Central Railway station after Ambedkar: Union minister Athawale

File photo of Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowermennt Ramdas Athawale. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 12, 2018, 03.09 PM (IST)

Union Minister Ramdas Athawale Friday demanded that Mumbai Central railway station be renamed after Dalit icon Babasaheb Ambedkar, reported news agency PTI.

Union minister of state for Social Justice and Empowerment in a statement on Friday said that he would soon meet Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal to submit this demand.

"Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar had spent a lot of time in Mumbai and led several social movements conceptualised by him. It will be appropriate to name Mumbai Central station after him," Athawale reportedly said.

"Dalits welcomed the renaming of Mumbai International Airport and Victoria Terminus after Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. We would also be happy if Babasaheb's name is given to Mumbai Central railway station," Athawale said.

Earlier in July this year, Elphinstone Road station on Western Railway's suburban network was rechristened Prabhadevi.

The decision to change the name of Elphinstone Road station was approved by the Maharashtra Assembly on December 16, 2016.