The BJP has promised to change the name of Hyderabad and its twin city Secunderabad if the party is voted to power in the upcoming assembly polls.
BJP MLA Raja Singh, who had earned notoriety for justifying attacks on Dalits in the past, said that Hyderabad will be renamed as Bhagyanagar. He said that names of other two Muslim-sounding names of Secunderabad and Karimnagar would also be changed.
News agency ANI quoted him as saying, “Earlier, Hyderabad was known as Bhagyanagar. In 1590, Quli Qutub Shah came and changed Bhagyanagar to Hyderabad. At that time, many Hindus were attacked, many temples destroyed. In Telangana, BJP will win a majority and then our first aim will be developing the state and second will be renaming Hyderabad as Bhagyanagar. We will also change the names of Secunderabad and Karimnagar.”
Raja Singh’s statement shows the grand ideas of governance the saffron party promises to offer to voters of Telangana. This comes just days after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced that Faizabad will henceforth be known as Ayodhya. Adityanath, often criticised for failed governance in Uttar Pradesh, has previously change the name of Allahabad to Prayagraj.
Earlier this week, another BJP government in Gujarat had said that it may consider changing the name of Ahmedabad because it too sounded Muslim. Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel had told reporters in Gandhinagar that his government was willing to change Ahmedabad’s name if it got past the legal hurdles and received the required support.
“People are still having a feeling that Ahmedabad should be renamed Karnavati. If we get the required support to overcome the legal hurdles, we are always ready to change the name of the city,” Patel was quoted as saying, Ahmedabad is India’s only city having the ‘World Heritage’ tag.
Telangana goes to polls on 7 December, while the counting will take place on 12 December