Hyderabad: Congress leader Renuka Chaudhary on Friday snubbed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Raja Singh, over his “promise” to rename Hyderabad as Bhagyanagar if the party is voted to power in Telangana Assembly Election 2018. Rebuking him for his “aim”, the Congress leader said that the BJP MLA should “change his name instead”. Speaking to news agency ANI, Chaudhary said that Anand Singh would have to face many problems if he attempts to change Hyderabad’s name.

“Kya soch rahe hain? Ki ye sab dialogue baazi karne se vote aa jaayegi? Main Hyderabadi hun and hum log bada dilchaspi se kehte hain ki hum Hyderabadi hain. Garv se kehte hain hum Hyderabadi hain. Ye kaun hote hain taang addane wale..naam badalne? Jaayein apna naam badal lein, koie eitraaz nahi. Shahar ka naam, hamari pehchaan, ye sab badalne ki koshish karenge na, Singh ji ko bahot taqleef hogi,” she said on Singh’s  “aim” of rechchristening of Hyderabad.

On Thursday, party leader Raja Singh said 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 in the December 7 poll. “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 told PTI.

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.

BJP’s promise to rename Hyderabad came a few days after Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel said that the state government is keen on renaming Ahmedabad as Karnavati if it receives the required support and there were no legal hurdles. “People are still having a feeling that Ahmedabad should be renamed as Karnavati. If we get the required support to overcome the legal hurdles, we are always ready to change the name of the city,” he said.