Minister of State for External Affairs, VK Singh, has opened a whole new can of worms by asking the government to rename Akbar Road as Maharana Pratap Road. Ever since, celebs as well as the common man have reacted with varied views.
Here’s what VK Singh said in a letter to Venkaiah Naidu: “I do find that one historical personality that has motivated generations, Maharana Pratap, has not been given his due. You would be aware that he was not only instrumental in stopping the might of Mughal king Akbar but he was truly secular and a man of masses. In view of this, I would request you to honour this great son of India by naming the Akbar Road as Maharana Pratap Road or a suitably important road in the Lutyen Zone in his name. This would provide recognition to his valour and spirit of secularism which makes our country great.”
'That is the job of the Municipal Corporation,' says Congress in response: "If they have the penchant of renaming roads, why do they get elected to Parliament?", Congress Party spokesman Manish Tewari asked. Tewari reminded the BJP leaders like Singh that renaming roads "is the job of the Municipal Corporation." "Why they get elected to Parliament, why are they running the Central Government? That is the job of the Municipal Corporation. They should have got elected to the Municipal Corporation."
Shaina supports VK Singh
Chintu gives controversy a twist
THINK. There are 64 prominent places named after them only in New Delhi! Do you need that many to commemorate them? pic.twitter.com/zdmVEAaal7— Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) May 19, 2016
If roads in Delhi can be changed why not Congress assets/property ke naam? Was in Chandigarh wahan bhi Rajeev Gandhi assets? Socho? Why?— Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) May 17, 2016
We must name important assets of the country who have contributed to society. Har cheez Gandhi ke naam? I don't agree. Sochna log!— Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) May 17, 2016
Film City should be named Dilip Kumar,Dev Anand,Ashok Kumar ya Amitabh Bachchan ke naam? Rajeev Gandhi udyog Kya hota hai? Socho doston!— Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) May 17, 2016
Some interesting reactions gathered from Twitter
If #Akbar a foreign tyrant, would "Indians" working for him be traitors? Rename Bhagwan Das Rd, Tansen Marg, Todarmal Lane? Getting complex?— Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) May 18, 2016
This #Akbar controversy is so utterly useless - so not needed. What is this addiction to perpetually stoke controversies? So much work left.— HindolSengupta (@HindolSengupta) May 18, 2016
Obliterating Aurangzeb (bad guy) was silly but easy to understand; targeting #Akbar (good guy) is weird. Clearly, no Mughal safe in the city— Sitaraman Shankar (@shankarht) May 18, 2016