New Delhi: The proposal to rename Ramlila Maidan in the national capital after late former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has stoked a controversy with Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Manoj Tiwari saying that there is no question of changing the name of the ground which is used for staging the annual Ramlila as well as other religious festivals, major political rallies and meetings, and entertainment events.
Tiwari further said that it is not necessary to follow what everybody says. He added that ‘we worship Lord Ram’ and hence changing the name of the ground was out of the question.
“Some people are trying to spread lies. We worship Lord Ram and hence, there is no question of changing the name of Ramlila Maidan,” said Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari in a video posted on Twitter.
Tiwari’s response came after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took a dig at BJP saying the saffron party wouldn’t get votes by renaming Ramlila Maidan or other places after former PM Vajpayee. He further added that BJP should change the name of their Prime Minister since they wouldn’t be getting votes in his name.
Reports had earlier surfaced that said at least six to seven members of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) had submitted the proposal to rename Ramlila Maidan and a discussion will ensue on August 30 regarding the same matter.