The urban development ministry has refused to entertain Gen(rtd) VK Singh’s demand to rename Akbar Road in New Delhi’s Lutyen’s Zone after Mewar ruler Maharana Pratap.
Union urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday said the name change discussion was not on the cards.
“Naming and renaming of street is not the subject matter of the Urban Development Ministry. It is not on the government’s agenda. Government’s focus is only development,” Naidu told reporters.
Minister of state for external affairs VK Singh had proposed the change through a letter written to Naidu.
The demand reiterated by had created a furore on social media, with people accusing the government of trying push its saffron agenda, and obliterating Muslim rulers from history.
Haryana government too had pushed for the change, creating a social media flutter with people accusing the government of trying to push its saffron agenda thereby erasing Muslim rulers from history.
In 2015, the government had renamed Aurangzeb Road to APJ Abdul Kalam Raod in memory of the late President.