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BJP leader asks for renaming Shahjahan Road, says emperor was a symbol of lust

News Agencies | Updated on: 13 February 2017, 4:46 IST

A Delhi BJP spokesperson has raised a demand to rename the Shahjahan Road to Dashrath Manjhi Road. He said that the emperor was a symbol of 'lust'. This comes after the controversy of renaming the Aurangzeb road has not yet abated.

In his letter to Narendra Modi, Delhi BJP spokesperson Ashwini Upadhyay has asked the Prime Minister to issue order to respective authorities to rename the road.

Upadhyay lauded Manjhi as "symbol of love, dedication, determination and devotion" while describing the Mughal emperor as a "symbol of lust".

"Manjhi is a source of inspiration for all youth in the country. We all seek inspiration from his dedication towards target, determination and life which is full of struggles.

"Lakhs of youngsters pay visit to the Union Public Service Commission headquarters located along Shahjahan Road every year. Hence, kindly issue order to authorities concerned to rename the road after him," Upadhyay said in the letter issued on 20 September.

Shahjahan Road is located at central New Delhi and stretches from India Gate junction on north side and Taj Mansingh Hotel towards south.

A labourer from Bihar, Manjhi, popularly known as 'Mountain Man', is credited to have created a path through a 360 feet long hillock using only a chisel and hammer.

On 28 August, New Delhi Municipal Corporation had decided to change name of Aurangzeb Road to APJ Abdul Kalam Road.

The decision was taken in the wake of requests from sections of society as a tribute to the 'People's President', the Council had maintained.


First published: 21 September 2015, 1:10 IST