All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief and Lok Sabha MP Asaduddin Owaisi took a dig at the BJP government over their name-changing spree in several states.
In wake of the name-changing spree of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in several states, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief and Lok Sabha MP Asaduddin Owaisi said he was waiting for the party to change the name of its party chief Amit Shah too as ‘Shah’ is a Persian word.
“Shah is a Persian word. So, let’s see if they [BJP] change their chief’s surname,” Owaisi told India Today TV.
The BJP government in Uttar Pradesh renamed Allahabad as Prayagraj and Faizabad as Ayodhya. When asked the reason that went behind it, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said names, traditionally, have been very important in India and that is the reason parents don’t name their children ‘Raavana’ or ‘Duryodhana’.
The BJP government in Gujarat has also said it was keen on renaming Ahmedabad as Karnavati if there were no legal hurdles.
Earlier yesterday (November 11), historian Irfan Habib also pointed out that the BJP should change Amit Shah’s surname.
“Shah is a Persian word; it is not from Sanskrit. If they [BJP] are changing the names of cities, they should first start with their own names,” Habib was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Opposition parties have criticised the name changing by the BJP, terming it as a way to divert the attention from issues including the Rafale deal controversy, unemployment and others, ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Source: India Today