- Adesh Gupta, chairman of the Delhi BJP, visited Muhammadpur in South Delhi on Wednesday, where the BJP, along with villagers, “changed” the name of the village to Madhavpuram, although neither side has the authority to do so.
- The ruling Aam Aadmi party had earlier stated that the ‘State Naming Authority’ of the Delhi government reviews name change proposals in a timely manner and follows the correct procedure.
- The Aam Aadmi Party has said that the BJP intends to initiate hooliganism and does not want the government to work according to due process.
The president of Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha & Sant Mahasabha, Swami Chakrapani, has urged the Chief Minister of Delhi
His organization will launch a signature campaign in this regard, he added.
“Delhi’s old name was Indraprastha. The city has the modern name of Delhi. Even in the Mahabharata, it is mentioned as Indraprastha,” Chakrapani said.
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He further said, “A king during the Tomar era had installed an iron pole which was loose…and people called it ‘Dhili’ (loose). Later the place was renamed ‘Dilli’ and then became in Delhi”.
“Indraprastha means the kingdom of Lord Indra where everyone lives happily,” said Chakrapani.
There has been no response from the Delhi Chief Minister’s office so far.
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In a letter to Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday, the Delhi BJP demanded that 40 villages with ‘Mughal-era names’ be named after freedom fighters, renowned artists and ‘martyrs’.
Proposed names to rename the villages included Maharshi Valmiki, Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammad Rafi, cricketer Yashpal Sharma, and Milkha Singh.
Other names proposed by him on the list were Delhi police officer Mohan Chand Sharma, who was killed in the Casa Batla encounter, and Kargil war hero Captain Vikram Batra.
Ratan Lal, the chief constable of the Delhi Police, and IB employee Ankit Sharma, who was killed during riots in northeast Delhi in 2020, were also named on the list.
“People want to know about such personalities. We are submitting a proposal to name the villages after them. People want the Mughal-era names to be changed,” Delhi BJP President Adesh Gupta said while interacting with the media.
He said 40 villages have names “associated with the Mughals” and “symbolize the slave mentality”.
“The 40 villages have names like Jia Sarai, Zamroodpur, Masoodpur, Jafarpur Kalan, Tajpur, Najafgarh, Neb Sarai. Delhi is no longer a Sarai (inn). It is the national capital of the country… The villagers, including the youth, they don’t want their villages to be identified with any symbols of slavery. They want to know who was Captain Vikram Batra, Bismillah Khan, Ashfaqullah and Mohan Chandra Sharma, who was martyred in the Casa Batla encounter,” Gupta said.
The Delhi BJP chairman added: “We demand from Kejriwal that the names of these 40 villages be changed to the names of the freedom fighters, the brave men of the armed forces who gave their lives to safeguard the borders of the country, those who They won laurels for the country in the fields of sports, art, music and culture.”