Interference made by two BJP MPs, Tejaswi Surya and Ananth Kumar Hegde, has resisted Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) from changing the name streets in the Muslim majority area of Padarayanapura after Muslim leaders. Regarding this Bangalore South MP, Tejaswi Surya tweeted, “After the public uproar over proposed naming of certain roads in a few Muslim dominated Bangalore after only Muslim names, BBMP has dropped the idea. A vigilant Hindu society can thwart such ill-intentioned attempts.”
Earlier, BJP MPs Tejaswi Surya and Ananth Kumar Hegde had written to BBMP commissioner Manjunath Prasad, objecting rechristening of the roads in the Padarayanapura area. Sharing these two letters on Twitter, the Bangalore South MP tweeted, “Along with Sri @AnantkumarH, I’m filing objections to proposed naming of roads in Padarayanpura with only Muslim names. Naming roads in Muslim-dominated locality after Muslims reeks of the same communal mentality as 2-nation theory & Muslim League’s demand for separate electorates.”
“Christening of roads in a Muslim-dominated locality with only Muslim names reeks of the same communal mentality of the two-nation theory and Muslim League’s demand of separate electorates for Hindus and Muslims. This is dangerous and must be condemned”, wrote Tejaswi Surya in his letter. He requested the Commissioner to revise the list and finalise the names only after public discussion. Ananth Kumar Hegde has demanded that the streets should be named after martyrs. In his letter, he wrote, “Only the names of Muslim leaders have been recommended in this particular ward. It is not appropriate to undertake such a step in the name of social work, which is nothing but the promotion of one particular community.”
The BBMP had written to the Ministry of Urban Development to change the names of 11 streets in the riot-hit Padarayanapura and give them Muslim names.