NDMC renames Dalhousie Road as Dara Shikoh Road after Aurganzeb's brother
The proposal put forward by the BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi who is also a council member was passed by the municipal body to the effect at a special meeting convened by its chairman Naresh Kumar
The New Delhi Metro Corporation renamed Dalhousie Road in the national capital as Dara Shikoh Road after the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb.
The proposal put forward by the BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi who is also a council member was passed by the municipal body to the effect at a special meeting convened by its chairman Naresh Kumar.
"The council has decided to rename the road to honour Dara Shikhoh for bringing Hindus and Muslims together," PTI reported as Lekhi saying.
Dalhousie Road, at less than a 2 km drive from the Rashtrapati Bhavan, was named after Lord Dalhousie, who was the Governor General of India from 1848 to 1856.
"The proposal was first moved in 2014 for renaming Aurangzeb Road after Dara Shikoh. However, after former President APJ Abdul Kalam passed away, the road was renamed in his honour," a council member said.
NDC vice chairman Karan Singh Tanwar supported Lekhi's proposal, but AAP MLA Surinder Singh raised questions about the timing of the proposal as the assembly elections in five states are underway.
"The proposal was carefully moved with an aim of pleasing the Muslim electorate ahead of the UP Assembly polls," Singh alleged after the meeting.
He was quoted by PTI as saying that he had recommended the road to be renamed as Raja Surajmal Road as "he was the only ruler who was concerned about the wellbeing of people of all religions".
NDMC, in the past has also renamed the roads, the last being before two years. In 2015, Aurangzeb Road was named as APJ Abdul Kalam Road. Race Course Road, where the Prime Minister's residence is located, was renamed as Lok Kalyan Marg last year.