New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of using Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s name for political gains after the reports of a move to rename Ramlila Maidan after late former Prime Minister. Kejriwal said that renaming Ramlila Maidan won’t fetch the BJP any votes but changing Narendra Modi’s name might.
“Changing name of Ramlila Maidan after Vajpayeeji will not fetch votes. BJP should change the name of the Prime Minister to get some votes because people are not voting on his name,” the Aam Aadmi Party chief tweeted.
Soon after the reports, the Delhi BJP leaders and New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) denied reports that the iconic Ramlila Maidan in the heart of the capital would be renamed Atal Maidan saying that they are “completely baseless“.
“I have no idea where the news emerged from, but we can never change the name of the Ramlila Maidan. All such reports are completely baseless,” Delhi BJP President Manoj Tiwari said.
NDMC ward commissioner Jayprakash, speaking to CNN News18, also denied reports about renaming Ramlila grounds by saying that “NDMC never held a meeting or presented a proposal to rename the Ramlila ground.”
“There was never a proposal to rename the Maidan. No meeting was held, and no one even suggested it, so why is the Aam Aadmi Party overly excited,” Leader of Opposition Delhi Vijender Gupta, an MLA from Rohini constituency, said.