Opposition slam govt for renaming Agra museum

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Opposition slam govt for renaming Agra museum

Wednesday, 16 September 2020 | PNS | Lucknow

The opposition parties have slammed the Yogi Adityanath government for renaming the Mughal Museum in Agra after Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.  
The Samajwadi Party said that the chief minister had been busy changing names for the past over three years instead of focusing on development work.
The chief minister had on Monday announced to rename the under-construction museum dedicated to the Mughal empire in Agra after Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
“I would like to ask the Bharatiya Janata Party, during the past three-and-a-half years of governance in Uttar Pradesh, what they have done for the development of the state, or will they do nothing except renaming cities and monuments. The BJP is adept in the politics of caste and religion and has done zero development in the state. They can’t name even one hospital, university or employment that they have given to the people,” SP spokesperson Anurag Bhadauria said here on Tuesday.
“The BJP might use the name of Chhatrapati Shivaji for its narrow political ends but it cannot walk on the footsteps of the great Chhatrapati Shivaji. His legacy was taken forward by the Congress. Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the mother organisation of the BJP, is known for colluding with the Britishers. Nationalism is certainly not the cup of tea for BJP, they are indulging in petty politics by changing names,” said UP Congress spokesperson Anshu Awasthi.
The Congress too criticised the BJP government for trying to take political mileage on the name of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaja.
Awasthi said that Shivaji Maharaj’s dream was of Swaraj and only Congress had worked towards fulfilling his dream.
Meanwhile, BJP spokesperson Manish Shukla congratulated Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on the move and said, “Shivaji was the first person to think in the direction of freeing Indian land from the hands of foreign invaders, his name is the synonym of nationalism.”
While announcing to rename the Mughal museum on Monday, Yogi had said, “There is need to promote subjects which are the pride of the nation, except for the symbols of the mentality of slavery. The Mughals cannot be our role models. Ideas of nationalism need to be encouraged. Shivaji Maharaj is our hero.”
The museum, which is being built on the eastern gate of the Taj Mahal at a cost of Rs 140 crore, will showcase artefacts and documents related to Shivaji along with the history of the Mughal rule in India. The state government is also planning to build a centre dedicated to zardozi and marble inlay art in the museum. 
The work on the project was started in 2016 during the previous Samajwadi Party regime of Akhilesh Yadav. Around 40 per cent work on the project has been completed.

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