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Gujarat: BJP, Congress vie to name govt projects after Pramukh Swami Maharaj

Surat city Congress municipal councillor Dinesh Kachhadiya said that a large number of people residing in the area have attachment with the religious leader who passed away recently.

Written by Kamaal Saiyed | Surat |
August 28, 2016 2:19:18 am

Local leaders of the BJP and the Congress in Surat city seem to be engaged in a one-upmanship as they propose to name upcoming infrastructure projects after spiritual leader Pramukh Swami Maharaj.

On August 22, the Surat city Congress municipal councillor Dinesh Kachhadiya moved a proposal before the secretariat department of Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC), seeking to name a newly-built railway overbridge at Utkalnagar slums on Ashwani Kumar road as Pramukh Swami Maharaj Bridge. He argued that a large number of people residing in the area have attachment with the religious leader who passed away recently. The Congress leader also sought to name the newly-built flyover at Sarthana area as Patidar bridge in support of the Patel community.

Similarly, Surat city BJP president Nitin Bhajiyawala also moved a proposal before SMC’s cultural department chairman Rupal Shah, urging the civic body to name the upcoming Outdoor Stadium at Palanpur area in the city as Pramukh Swami Maharaj Outdoor Stadium.

Surat city BJP president Nitin Bhajiyawala said, “Pramukh Swami Maharaj was a great saint and there are large number of people in Surat who have their emotional and religious feelings attached to him. So, we have put up a proposal before cultural committee chairman Rupal Shah, who will later forward it to Surat city Mayor Ashmita Shiroya. We’re not trying to politicise it. We have found that Pramukh Swami liked sports a lot, so we have moved the proposal.”

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Congress councillor from Ward No. 5 (Phoolpada-Umarwada) Dinesh Kachhadiya said, “Our feelings for Pramukh Swami Maharaj prompted us to move the proposal first. Another reason is that the road connecting the railway overbridge at Utkalnagar is named as Vallabhachariya Road. So, we thought why can’t we name the bridge after Pramukh Swami. The BJP leaders are politicising it. We were first to make the proposal. If BJP leaders want that I should withdraw my proposal, they can come and tell me.”

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