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Opposition MPs: Name Chandigarh airport after Bhagat Singh

Rajya Sabha on Thursday witnessed uproar over the naming of Chandigarh airport, as the Opposition alleged that the BJP government in Haryana does not want to name it after Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh.

india Updated: Mar 24, 2017 09:01 IST
CPM members and AAP MP Dr Dharamvira Gandhi (second from right) staging a protest outside Parliament. Earlier, the Rajya Sabha witnessed uproar over naming of Chandigarh airport..
CPM members and AAP MP Dr Dharamvira Gandhi (second from right) staging a protest outside Parliament. Earlier, the Rajya Sabha witnessed uproar over naming of Chandigarh airport..((CREDIT: PTI PHOTO))

Rajya Sabha on Thursday witnessed uproar over the naming of Chandigarh airport, as the Opposition alleged that the BJP government in Haryana does not want to name it after Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh.

During the zero hour, Ritabrata Banerjee (CPM) said there has been a contoversy over the naming of the Chandigarh airport.

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“The Punjab government had agreed that the airport will be named after Shaheed-E-Azam Bhagat Singh, (but) the Haryana chief minister said ‘no’. They want to name the airport after Mangal Sein,” he said.

The CP member said there were agitations to demand naming of the airport after Bhagat Singh. Today is the martyrdom day of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev.

Joining the issue, Congress leader Partap Singh Bajwa said on one hand, there is a demand to name the airport after the great freedom fighter, but on the other, the BJP wanted to name it after the party’s ex-chief minister.

As several opposition members were up on their feet and created an uproar, minister of state for parliamentary affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi countered the allegations saying “we have never said it and nobody has said it. Its not proper to make such sweeping statements”.

The minister said Bhagat Singh was a martyr and was respected by everyone.