New Delhi: As a mark of respect to BJP stalwart Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has proposed to rename its School of Management and Entrepreneurship after the late former Prime Minister, who breathed his last on August 16. The decision comes after Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh declared to name the upcoming capital of the state Naya Raipur as Atal Nagar and Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government decided to name the proposed Bundelkhand Expressway as ‘Atal Path’. Also Read - Reassess COVID Situation, Focus on Micro Containment Zones: PM Modi to CMs of 7 Worst-hit States
Apart from these, the AIIMS Rishikesh auditorium, a ghat on Sabarmati River in Gujarat and the cyber tower in Mauritius will also be named after him. Several states including Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Assam, Madhya Pradesh have also urged Narendra Modi-led Centre to rename landmarks after Vajpayee. (Also read: Corporator Who Opposed Resolution on Vajpayee Condolence Sent to Jail) Also Read - Shaheen Bagh's 82-Year-Old Bilkis Named in Time Magazine's List of 100 Most Influential People
As per a report, Andhra Pradesh wants to name AIIMS Mangalagiri after the former PM while Himachal Pradesh wants to rename the Rohtang Tunnel. Shivraj Singh Chouhan has sought govt’s permission to change the name of Habibganj railway station in Madhya Pradesh. Assam BJP legislator from Dibrugarh constituency, Prasanta Phukan has appealed to the Centre to name the yet-to-be-inaugurated Bogibeel bridge after former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Also Read - PM Modi to Hold High-level Meeting With CMs of 7 States/UTs Today | What to Expect
“I feel Atal ji had done a lot for the North-East as a Prime Minister. The best way to pay tribute to the visionary leader will be to name the Bogibeel Bridge as Atal Setu,” Phukan had said, while interacting with media in Dibrugarh on Friday.
Contrary to government’s opinion that renaming institutions, roads and welfare schemes would be a tribute to the former PM, his (Vajpayee) niece Karuna Shukla alleged that PM Narendra Modi as well as BJP is politicising Vajpayee’s demise for political gains in upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Shukla, who was once a BJP leader but is with the Congress now in an interview to a channel said,”The BJP is selfish and doing politics in the name of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Using his name, they are prepping for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.”