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Amit Shah: Some Cities Had Indian Names Before Mughal Renaming

| Updated: February 14, 2023 14:57

Reacting sharply to allegations of wiping out the history of Mughals and changing the names of cities associated with them, Union Home Minister Amit Shah has said that the BJP state governments have taken “well-thought decisions” which are within their statutory rights. 

 Shah, however, said that the BJP does not want to remove anybody’s contribution to History. 

The Home Minister’s remarks came in response to allegations that the BJP is attempting to rewrite the country’s history in which the BJP-ruled states have renamed or are planning to rename city names associated with Mughal history. 

“If someone wants to establish the tradition of the country then no one should have any objection,” he replied when asked to reason some name changes. 

 “We have not changed the name of even a single city which previously did not have an old name. Our governments have taken well-thought out decisions. Every government has its statutory rights,” Shah added. 

Notably, BJP MP Sangam Lal Gupta recently urged Amit Shah to change the name of Uttar Pradesh’s capital city of Lucknow to “Lakhanpur or Laxmanpur.” 

Stating that the city was earlier named as Lakhanpur and Laxmanpur in the Treta Yug, the BJP MP claimed that Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula had renamed it Lucknow. Shah, when asked about the allegations of writing a “re-imagined history” of Jammu and Kashmir, and erasing former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s contributions, held out that Article 370 was included in the Constitution by the government of the first PM of the country and this had caused great loss to India. 

 “Article 370 was implemented because of Nehru ji. Since 1950 it had been on our agenda that it should not have been implemented. It caused a great loss to the country. Change and development work was stalled and made possible only after its abolition,” he maintained.

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