BJP indulges in communalism by changing names: West Bengal Minister Firhad Hakim
Guwahati, Nov 13 (IBNS): Criticising the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s name changing spree, West Bengal Minister Firhad Hakim on Monday said the saffron party has indulged in communalism which will weaken the country.
Hakim said: "Supposed, the Mugalsarai station’s name is changed. What is the facility you have added at that station. No facilities added, only the board has been changed. If AC rooms are there, drinking water, cleanliness everything have there, then I can welcome.
"But only by petty changing the name and indulging the communalism in the country, it will weak the country."
Last week on the occasion of Diwali, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced Faizabad's new name as Ayodhya. In this year itself, the Yogi government renamed Allahabad as Prayagraj and Mughalsarai Railway Station as Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Junction.
Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitinbhai Patel on last Wednesday hinted at a possibility of the alteration of Ahmedabad's name. He said the name of the city can be changed to Karnavati if there are no hurdles.
Hakim said his party Trinamool Congress (TMC) is in the federal front with an anti-BJP stand.
Terming the BJP as the separatist and communal forces of India, Hakim said more parties will join them to remove the saffron outfit from power.
Hakim, who is the West Bengal Urban Development Minister, on Monday took part in the condolence meeting held in Guwahati organised by the TMC Assam unit for the Tinsukia incident, where five Bengali-speaking people were killed by unidentified gunmen.
Hakim said politics of hatred is going on in Assam. The Tinsukia killing incident had happened with the indulgence of politics of hatred, he said.
“Assam government is failed to capture the culprits. But, the ideological culprits are in the government and in the party (BJP). We condemned it and we expect that, good sense will prevail and the culprits will arrest,” the minister said.
Hakim further said the Bengalis are insecure in Assam.
“Not only Bengalis, the hindi-speaking people, Nepalis and the Assamese people are insecure in Assam because of BJP playing divisive politics in Assam. They (BJP) are wrong way of putting NRC,” he said.