New Delhi: Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari on Saturday denied reports of NDMC’s proposal to rename Ramlila Maidan after Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
He said, “We worship Lord Ram, so there’s no question of a change in the name of Ramlila Maidan. If someone says something like that should be done, not necessary that you need to follow it”.
“Some politically motivated people are creating the rumour that name of Ramlila Maidan will be changed,” Tiwari said.
कुछ लोग जानबूझकर भ्रम फैलाने की कोशिश कर रहे हैं! मर्यादा पुरुषोत्तम भगवान राम हम सबके आराध्य हैं इसलिये रामलीला मैदान का नाम बदलने का कोई सवाल ही नहीं है! pic.twitter.com/xJ7XrSIutO
— Manoj Tiwari (@ManojTiwariMP) August 25, 2018
NDMC denies report to rename Ramlila Maidan
The North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) said today that there was no proposal to Rename Ramlila Maidan after former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, even as Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the matter.
Kejriwal takes dig on renaming Ramlila Maidan
Citing a news report, Kejriwal tweeted, “Changing name of Ramlila Maidan etc after Vajpayeeji will not fetch votes. BJP should change the name of the Prime Minister to get some votes because people are not voting on his name.”
North Delhi Mayor Adesh Gupta dismisses the report
Dismissing the news report, North Delhi Mayor Adesh Gupta said that there was no such proposal.
“There is no proposal to rename Ramlila Maidan after Vajpayeeji. All reports suggesting so are wrong,” he said.
Vajpayee passed away on Aug 16
Vajpayee passed away at the age of 93 on August 16 after being under the medical care of a team of doctors at AIIMS.
The iconic Ramlila Maidan has been the home for the annual Ramlila and has also played host to numerous political rallies, meetings, festivals and entertainment events.
There are several similar moves to pay tribute to the BJP stalwart who became the country’s 10th Prime Minister. For instance, the Jharkhand government has proposed to rename several places in the state to honour Vajpayee.
Chhattisgarh’s new capital of Naya Raipur is set to be renamed, Atal Nagar.
Uttar Pradesh too had earlier decided to immerse the ashes of Vajpayee in all the holy rivers of the state, in a bid to pay respect to the five-time Member of Parliament (MP) from Lucknow.
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