New Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said that a reported move to rename the Ramlila Maidan won’t fetch the BJP votes but “changing the name of the Prime Minister might”.
In a Twitter post, Kejriwal shared a tweet by a news channel which said that the Ramlila Maidan in the heart of Delhi could be renamed as the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Maidan and that the North Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) would discuss the proposal on August 30.
Such a move won’t get the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) any votes, the Aam Aadmi Party leader said.
“Instead, the BJP should try changing the name of the Prime Minister. Maybe then they could get some votes because now people are not voting for (Narendra Modi),” he said.
Earlier in the day, it was reported that a proposal to change the name of historic Ramlila Maidan was sent to NDMC by a few BJP councillors. Apart from this, a proposal to rename Hindu Rao Hospital has also been pushed. However, a final decision on both will be taken after a meeting of the municipal corporation, a report said.
NDMC Mayor Aadesh Gupta was quoted as saying in a report that the process of renaming Ramila Maidan and Hindu Rao Hospital after Atal Bihari Vajpayee is likely to be completed by December 25, the birth date of the former PM.
Other states that have decided to rename places after Vajpayee are Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.
Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh has recently announced his government’s decision that the new capital city – Naya Raipur – will now be renamed Atal Nagar.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee died at All Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on August 16 at the age of 93.