Srinagar, Mar 31 : Reacting to reports that Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik has written a letter to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to rename Sultanpur as Khush Bhawanpur, former J&K chief minister Mehbooba said the move to rename cities is an election gimmick and an assault on the ‘Ganga Jamuna Tehzeeb of India’.
Ms Mehbooba asked why were the Governors getting involved in such matters as their ‘constitutional defined role was to be impartial and apolitical’.
“The move to rename cities is an election gimmick & an assault on the 'Ganga Jamuna' tehzeeb culture that our country is rooted in. Also why are governors getting involved in such matters? Far from their constitutionally defined role of being impartial & apolitical,” Ms Mehbooba, who is the President of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), wrote on micro-blogging site twitter.
In a letter to Mr Adityanath dated March 28, Mr Naik said, “A delegation of Rajputana Shaurya Foundation had met me and handed me a book on Sultanpur history on March 25.”
“While sharing the book they also discussed the rich history of the city. They had requested me to bring the city under Heritage city and change its name from Sultanpur to Khush Bhawanpur," he said.
“I am sending the book along with their letter for your consideration,” the Governor had said.