Change names of Muslim BJP leaders: UP cabinet minister attacks Yogi govt

Change names of Muslim BJP leaders: UP cabinet minister attacks Yogi govt


UP cabinet minister Om Prakash Rajbhar slammed the Yogi government for their ‘name change’ politics.

Om Prakash Rajbhar

Rajbhar praised the contributions made by the Mughals. (Photo: ANI)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • BJP ally OP Rajbhar said party should change names of its Muslim leaders before names of UP towns
  • Said renaming done to divert attention from issues of the backward classes
  • Questioned if government will rename GT Road, Taj Mahal

The Yogi Adityanath government’s decision to rechristen the names of Allahabad and Faizabad district has come under criticism from its own ally partner and cabinet minister Om Prakash Rajbhar.

Speaking to media, Rajbhar who is also the chief of Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) said “The Bharatiya Janata Party changed the names of Mughalsarai station and Faizabad district because they were named after Mughals according to their leaders. Then why doesn’t the party also change the names of their Muslim leaders Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Shahanwaz Hussain and Mohsin Raza?”

“This is being done to divert the minds of backward and oppressed classes who are demanding their rights from the government. No one else has given us what the Muslims gave. Should we do away with the GT road? What about Taj Mahal and Red Fort? Who built them?” said the SBSP chief while targeting his own government.

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After UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath renamed Faizabad district to Ayodhya, a BJP lawmaker from the Sardhana constituency demanded the government rename Muzaffarnagar district to Laxminagar.

BJP MLA Jagan Prasad Garg has also demanded that the Agra district be renamed as Agravan.

Responding to Rajbhar’s statement, Samajwadi Party spokesperson Juhi Singh said “The SBSP chief is a mass leader and he knows that the present government is only indulging in politics of name change. This government has no development agenda. We must preserve our history. I want to ask the government are they going to demolish the GT road and Red Fort now?”

Meanwhile, UP BJP spokesperson Rakesh Tripathi said “Rajbhar should remember the history and realise how Mughals distorted our culture. We are only fulfilling people’s demand for safeguarding our culture. It is his personal remark which has nothing do with the state government. We will continue to respect the public’s sentiments.”

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