ML Khattar, Subramanian Swamy demand renaming Akbar Road, Centre says no such proposals yet


Several BJP leaders on Tuesday demanded renaming of Akbar Road to after Maharana Pratap Road in Delhi.

Joining the chorus were reportedly Haryana chief minister, Manohar Lal Khattar and senior BJP leader, Subramanian Swamy.


Khattar, according to PTI, had reportedly requested Union minister V K Singh to make efforts to get the road renamed after the 16th century Mewar ruler, who is known for his fight against the Mughals.

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Elsewhere, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy had told ANI that Pratap was a fearless warrior and never bowed down in front any external power and hence to honour the king who made several sacrifices, the name of the road should be changed.

However, on Wednesday, Urban Development Ministry said it had “not received” any proposal for renaming Akbar Road to Maharana Pratap Road in the heart of the national capital.

The Congress party, BJP rivals, have their headquarter in Akbar Road.

“Urban Development Ministry has not recieved any suggestion in this regard,” PTI quoted a source in urban development ministry.

The new demand to change a prominent road named after a Mughal ruler comes after the central government renamed Aurangzeb Road in the Lutyens’ Bunglow Zone after former President late A P J Abdul Kalam, despite opposition from various quarters.