BJP MP named Maheish Girri dubbed Mughal ruler Aurangzeb a “terrorist."
A BJP MP named Maheish Girri dubbed Mughal ruler Aurangzeb a “terrorist."
The MP from East Delhi was interacting with reporters on the sidelines of the inauguration of twin events- a conference ‘Aurangzeb and Dara Shukoh: A Tale of Two Brothers’ and an exhibition, titled, ‘Dara Shukoh, the Forgotten Prince of Islam’ at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) in the national capital.
“Aurangzeb was a terrorist, in today’s parlance… the punishment that he should have got he did not get, but at least, the road named after him, has been changed,” he told reporters.
Aurangzeb Road in Lutyens’ Delhi was rechristened Dr APJ Kalam Road in 2015. Girri had sent a proposal to the Centre for renaming the street after the former president.
Muslim groups had objected to the New Delhi Municipal Council’s decision to rename Aurangzeb Road, terming it a “deliberate” move that is “likely to set the trend of rechristening other cities/streets distorting history”.
Earlier, addressing a gathering at the launch of the events, he said, “I used to feel extrme pain whenever I saw that signage of a road bearing the name of a cruel ruler. I felt is was against the idea of India and not in the interest of the country. So, I went after it (renaming).”
“I also faced obstacles and received threats from people, but I went ahead,” he said.