New Delhi. Worried that the Congress party will continue to name schemes and landmarks after Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi if they ever come back to power the Narendra Modi led BJP government is planning to rename the trio so that this may never happen.
The Central Government is going to introduce a bill in the Lok Sabha that will rename these three people. “People are tired of every other street, scheme and airport being named after these three people,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Mr. Venkaiah Naidu said, “If they are ever voted back to power there is a fear that they will continue to do so. So we brain-stormed within the party and came up with this unique idea. The proposal has been approved in the cabinet and will be introduced in the Lok Sabha shortly.”
The new names have not been decided yet. The Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi Renaming Bill 2014 will have a clause that will let the Central Government notify their new names at a later date. A sub clause adds that they may not be renamed to their original names. With the current numbers the bill is expected to sail through the Lok Sabha.
The Congress has called it distortion of history and saffronisation of the country. “We have not named any project on Mr. Rahul Gandhi, the greatest leader that India has ever seen,” Congress spokesperson Mr. Sanjay Jha said, “We have only named projects on his family members. We condemn this step as this is distortion of history and saffronisation of the country.”
On being asked if they are planning to rename Mahatma Gandhi too Mr. Naidu said, “Not at all. He is a political holy cow. Research has found every time a candidate takes the Mahatma’s name, he gets two more votes.”