Hyderabad’s Name Will Not Change, Says Asaduddin Owaisi

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After Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath pitched for changing the name of Hyderabad to Bhagyanagar at an election rally in the city on Saturday, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi retaliated by saying that the entire generation of those who want to rename Hyderabad will end but the name of the city will not change.

Yogi Adityanath is one of several star campaigners the BJP has deployed for campaigning in the run-up to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) civic body polls.

Slamming the ruling TRS and AIMIM over alleged misgovernance and corruption, Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath on Friday said the electorate should give a message through the December 1 Hyderabad civic polls that they would not give the liberty to loot.

Addressing a rally in Hyderabad, Yogi Adityanath said, “Some people were asking me if Hyderabad can be renamed as Bhagyanagar. I said – why not. I told them that we renamed Faizabad as Ayodhya and Allahabad as Prayagraj after BJP came into power in UP. Then why Hyderabad can’t be renamed as Bhagyanagar?”

As Yogi Adityanath pitched for renaming Hyderabad, Asaduddin Owaisi attacked while addressing another rally, saying Hyderabad’s name will remain but the ones who speak about changing it, “will change their names”.

Asaduddin Owaisi said, “Jo Hyderabad ka naam badalna chahta hai uski naslein tabah ho jaayengi lekin naam nahi badlega. Hum Ali ke naam leva hain, hum tumhara naam tabdeel kar denge [The ones who want to change the name of Hyderabad, their entire generation will end but Hyderabad’s name won’t change. We speak the name of Ali, we will change your name]”

Asaduddin Owaisi said, “I tell you [voters], you have to answer those people who want to change the name of the city [Hyderabad].” The AIMIM chief then went on to take a veiled dig at Yogi Adityanath, saying it doesn’t look like Hyderabad municipal corporation polls but like “we are electing a prime minister”.

“It doesn’t look like elections for Hyderabad, it’s as if we’re electing a prime minister in place of Narendra Modi. I was at a rally in Karwan and said that everyone has been called here, a child said they should’ve called Donald Trump too. He was right, only Trump has left,” Asaduddin Owaisi said, adding, “He [Trump] also can’t change things”.

Asaduddin Owaisi also took a dig at PM Narendra Modi for his visit to the United States in October 2019 and said the prime minister had endorsed Donald Trump as the next president of the United States. Donald Trump lost to Democrat and now President-elect Joe Biden in the US Presidential elections.