Som: Change Muz’na­gar’s name to Laxmi­na­gar

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Front Page -

MEERUT : BJP’s fire­brand MLA Sangeet Som has de­manded to change the name of Muzaf­far­na­gar to Laxmi­na­gar.

Terming it need of the time, Som ac­cused Mughals of ru­in­ing the cul­ture of ‘Bharat’ dur­ing their rule and said they de­lib­er­ately changed the name of many Hindu places and de­stroyed tem­ples.

He claimed that the orig­i­nal name of the city was Laxmi­na­gar and a nawab Muzaf­far Ali named it af­ter him­self in 1633. Re­fer­ring to the changed names of Al­la­habad and Faiz­abad, Som de­manded that Muzaf­far­na­gar should get its orig­i­nal name Laxmi­na­gar, which was a long awaited de­mand of the lo­cals.

BJP dis­trict pres­i­dent Sud­hir Saini sup­ported the de­mand and said Laxmi­na­gar was a more ap­pro­pri­ate name for the dis­trict as it was the cen­tre of agri­cul­ture ac­tiv­i­ties with good per capita in­come. He said a Hindu Sam­me­lan con­vened here in 1982 was also held un­der the name of Laxmi­na­gar, show­ing it was a long pend­ing de­mand which should be ful­filled now.

Sa­ma­jwadi Party’s for­mer dis­trict pres­i­dent of Muzaf­far­na­gar, Sa­hen­dra Saini ques­tioned how such de­mands could re­solve prob­lems of peo­ple. He blamed BJP for di­vert­ing peo­ples’ at­ten­tion from is­sues of in­fla­tion, poor eco­nomic con­di­tion and de­te­ri­o­rat­ing law and or­der through such gim­micks.

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