After well known historian Irfan Habib commented that Amit Shah should change his name as it was Persian, now Patidar leader Hardik Patel from Gujarat has echoed his remark.
Hitting out at Amit Shah over the recent decisions by the UP government to rename its cities, Patel said, "Amit Shah needs to change his name as his surname is a Persian word."
He also attacked the BJP over the Ram Mandir issue saying the party wants to extend the issue as it serves it during the polls. "Ram Mandir is in BJP's manifesto... why they have been not able to make Mandir till now, clearly they want the issue to be for long so that they can play politics over Ram Mandir","he said.
Earlier, on November 10, after a BJP lawmaker from UP wrote to Amit Shah asking for renaming Agra as Agravan, 87-year-old Aligarh Muslim University professor emeritus Irfan Habib had said that Shah should change his own surname as it was Persian.
"Shah is a Persian word, it is not from Sanskrit. If they (BJP) are changing the names of cities, they should first start with their own name," the professor had said.
Patel is in Lucknow for the Shri Kalki Mahotsav event where several Congress leaders are also present. Senior Congress leaders like Digvijaya Singh, Acharya Pramod Krishna and Swami Chakrapani Maharaj also attending the event.
Republic TV reported that recently Hardik Patel was among the flock of leaders who will be supporting the Congress for its campaigning for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections
The recent name changes by the Uttar Pradesh government took the Opposition by storm.
The UP government in October decided to change the name of Allahabad to Pragyaraj, and on November 6 announced its move to rename Faizabad to Ayodhya. On November 13, the UP cabinet approved both the changes.
On the day UP CM Yogi said his government will rename Faizabad to Ayodhya, Gujarat Deputy CM Vijay Rupani said that the state wanted Ahmednagar to be called as Karnavati.