BJP Bangalore South MP Tejasvi Surya, along with Uttara Kannada MP Ananth Kumar Hegde, wrote to Civic Commissioner Manjunath Prasad on Thursday, opposing the naming of roads after Muslim figures in an area dominated by a minority of the city.
Tejasvi Surya in his letter described the decision to name a few roads after the Muslims of Padarayanapura, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Ward # 135, as a stench of “two nation theory community mentality”, and asked the commissioner BBMP to review the list with non-Muslim public figures.
With Sri @AnantkumarH, I object to the proposal to name the roads of Padarayanpura with only Muslim names
Naming the roads in a Muslim-dominated locality after Muslims feel the same communal mentality as the two-nation theory and the Muslim League’s demand for separate electorates pic.twitter.com/GEcju3nMls
– Tejasvi Surya (@Tejasvi_Surya) December 31, 2020
Tejasvi Surya in the letter said: “The baptism of roads in a predominantly Muslim locality with only Muslim names smacks of the same communal mentality of the two nation theory and the Muslim League’s demand for separate electorates for Hindus and Muslims. It is dangerous and must be condemned. “
Asking the commissioner to reconsider his decision, Surya said: “There is no dearth of non-Muslim public figures and patriots after whom our roads can be named. I ask you to immediately revise the list and finalize the list of routes to be named after personalities only after a broad public debate.
Ananth Kumar Hegde, meanwhile, wrote to the BBMP commissioner, saying it was about promoting a particular community. “Only the names of Muslim rulers have been recommended in this particular neighborhood. It is not appropriate to take such a step in the name of social work, which is nothing more than the promotion of a particular community. “