Hyderabad: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Raja Singh on Thursday said that if the saffron party is voted to power in Telangana then Hyderabad will be renamed as Bhagyanagar. Singh said if the BJP wins maximum seats in the December 7 assembly elections.
He added that both Secunderabad and Karimnagar would also be rechristened. Singh said that Hyderabad was earlier known as Bhagyanagar but Quli Qutub Shah in 1590 changed its name to Hyderabad.
He said, “At that time, many Hindus were attacked, many temples destroyed. In Telangana, 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.”
Singh added that the areas named after Mughals and Nizams and thus would be renamed after the people who fought for Telangana and the country. The BJP MLA’s remarks came just a few days after the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in Uttar Pradesh renamed Faizabad as Ayodhya at the Deepotsav 2018. Earlier, the UP government had renamed Allahabad as Prayagaraj.
Earlier this year, the Mughalsarai Railway station was renamed as Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay junction. The Gujarat government too had proposed the renaming of Ahmedabad as Karnavati.
Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani said, “We are contemplating changing the name of Ahmedabad to Karnavati, the talks of which have been going on since a long time. Concrete steps will be taken after looking at it from legal and all other angles. We will think about it in the time to come.”