First change name of your Mus­lim lead­ers: UP min­is­ter to BJP brass

Sunday Express - - INDIA - NAMITA BAJPAI

UT­TAR Pradesh Cabi­net Min­is­ter and Suheldev Bharatiya Sa­maj Party chief Om Prakash Ra­jb­har sug­gested the BJP to change names of its Mus­lim lead­ers be­fore go­ing on a name chang­ing spree again.

Ra­jb­har ad­vised the BJP first to change names of its Mus­lim lead­ers, in­clud­ing Union Min­is­ter Mukhtar Ab­bas Naqvi, be­fore chang­ing the names of more cities on the pre­text of restor­ing the glory of an­cient In­dia which ex­isted be­fore the Mughal rule.

It was a drama of the rul­ing party to di­gress from real is­sues and woo vot­ers with non-is­sues ahead of the gen­eral elec­tions, he said."They (BJP lead­ers) changed the names of Mughal­sarai and Faiz­abad. They say they were named after Mughals. They have na­tional spokesper­son Shah­nawaz Hus­sain, Union Min­is­ter Mukhtar Ab­bas Naqvi, UP Min­is­ter Mohsin Raza — three Mus­lim faces of BJP. Change their names first."

Re­cently, the Yogi Adityanath­led BJP govern­ment passed or­ders to change the name of Allahabad to Praya­graj and Faiz­abad to Ay­o­d­hya. "This is a ploy to dis­tract the back­ward and op­pressed sec­tions of the so­ci­ety, and si­lence them when­ever they raise their voices. No one else has given things which the Mus­lims gave. Should we throw away GT Road? Who built the Red Fort? Who built the Taj Ma­hal?" Ra­jb­har said.

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