BJP MP Tejasvi Surya on Thursday described the alleged transfer to call just a few roads after Muslims in minority dominated areas as reeking of “communal mentality of two-nation theory”, and requested the Bengaluru municipal authorities to revise the listing with non-Muslim public figures.
Following a report in a Kannada day by day, the Bengaluru South MP shot off a letter to the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (metropolis company) Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad, saying solely Muslim names have been chosen for christening the roads.
Claiming that the listing of names mooted by BBMP has solely Muslim names, Tejasvi Surya stated, “Christening of roads in Muslim-dominated locality with only Muslim names reeks of the same communal mentality of the two-nation theory and Muslim League’s demand of separate electorates for Hindus and Muslims. This is dangerous and must be condemned.”
The 29-year-old MP stated there was no dearth of non-Muslim public figures and patriots on whom the roads might be named after.
He requested the commissioner to rethink his determination.
“I request you to immediately revise the list and finalise the list of roads to be named after personalities only after wide public discussion,” Mr Surya stated in his letter to Mr Prasad.
BBMP officers weren’t instantly accessible for remark.
The row got here as a stark reminder of the controversy surrounding the 100-ft large street at Indiranagar within the metropolis when the BBMP determined to call it after famend folklorist Dr S Okay Karim Khan in 2014.
While the BJP insisted that the street be named after former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, although the municipal company had handed a decision in 2006 to call it after Dr Khan, who had an enormous assortment of oral epics and ballads.
Due to the intervention of a pro-Kannada organisation, the street was lastly named after Mr Khan.