Following the UP CM Yogi Adityanath’s way of changing names of the places, Telangana BJP leader Raja Singh said on Thursday that the BJP would "aim" to rename Hyderabad and other cities in the state after the names of great people if it is elected to power in Telangana.
"Our aim is, when our Bharatiya Janata Party government comes to power in Telangana, our first (priority) is development, second is these names should be changed. They should be named after great people, those who worked for our nation, righteousness and Telangana," he said.
Singh, who was a member of the recently-dissolved legislative assembly, said the Qutb Shahis, who ruled the region during the 16th century, had changed the name of the city, Bhagyanagar, to Hyderabad. They had also changed the names of other places, he said, adding Secunderabad and Karimnagar were among them. Telangana goes to polls on December 7.
Rejecting the AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi's comments that BJP president Amit Shah wants a "Muslim-free" India, Raja Singh said Muslims should not believe Owaisi, who had often spoken against Telangana.