In BJP’s spree to change names of places with ‘Muslim’ names to replace them with “original” (= Hindu) names, BJP MLA in Telangana Raja Singh said, “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.”
This a hot trend in Uttar Pradesh, too, where Yogi Adityanath government changed Mughalsarai to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Junction, Allahabad to Prayagraj and renamed Faizabad as Ayodhya. There are more in the queue.
In Telangana, BJP MLA Raja Singh said, “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.”
Earlier this week, Gujarat’s 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.
He said, “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,”
Assembly polls in Telangana are slated to 7th of December, while the counting will take place on 12th of December.