BJP South Bangalore MP Tejasvi Surya, along with Uttara Kannada MP Ananth Kumar Hegde, wrote to Civic Commissioner Manjunath Prasad on Thursday, opposing naming roads after Muslim figures in a minority-dominated area of the city.
Tejasvi Surya, in his letter, described the move to name some roads after Padarayanapura Muslims, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Ward No. 135, as the smell of the “communal mentality of the two nations’ theory” and called on the BBMP commissioner to review with non-Muslim public figures.
Along with Sri @AnantkumarH, I object to the proposed naming of the roads in Padarayanpura only with Muslim names
The names of the roads in the Muslim-dominated locality after the Muslims brought the same communal mentality as the theory of the two nations and the demand of the Muslim League for a separate electorate pic.twitter.com/GEcju3nMls
– Tejasvi Surya (@Tejasvi_Surya) December 31, 2020
Tejasvi Surya, in the letter, said: “The baptism of roads in the Muslim-dominated locality, with only Muslim names, presents the same communal mentality of the theory of the two nations and the Muslim League’s demand for a separate electorate for Hindus and Muslims. This is dangerous and must be condemned. “
Asking the commissioner to reconsider his decision, Surya said: “There is no shortage of public figures and non-Muslim patriots after whom our roads can be named. I ask you to immediately review the list and finalize the list of roads that will be named after personalities only after a wide public discussion. “
Meanwhile, Ananth Kumar Hegde wrote to the BBMP commissioner, saying that this is the promotion of a certain community. “Only the names of Muslim leaders have been recommended in this special section. It is not appropriate to take such a step in the name of social assistance, which is nothing more than promoting a certain community. “