Amid an issue over a cricket stadium in Gujarat being renamed after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the federal government on Wednesday stated the identify change entails solely the Motera stadium and the sports activities complex the place it’s situated will proceed to be named after Sardar Patel.
Soon after President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the world’s largest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad, which can now be often known as ‘Narendra Modi stadium’, social media was flooded with remarks together with by some leaders of the Congress and different opposition events who alleged that the renaming train amounted to an “insult” to Sardar Patel.
Union ministers Prakash Javadekar and Ravi Shankar Prasad hit out on the Congress leaders, saying those that by no means revered Sardar Patel have been objecting to the stadium being named after Modi.
Asked in regards to the allegations, Javadekar instructed reporters that solely the Motera stadium has been renamed and the complex the place it’s situated continues to be named after Vallabhbhai Patel.
Prasad, who was current alongside Javadekar on the media briefing after a cupboard assembly, took a swipe on the Congress leaders, asking whether or not occasion chief Sonia Gandhi or Rahul Gandhi have to date praised the world’s tallest statue of Sardar Patel erected at Kevadiya in Gujarat.
Javadekar stated the 2 Congress leaders have not even visited the statue.
Prasad continued, “I want to say this with full responsibility that a tourist place getting global praise has not been visited yet or praised by the two Congress leaders. What else is there to say?”
Congress chief Shashi Tharoor tweeted, “Maybe they just realised the stadium was named for a Home Minister who had banned their parent organisation! Or maybe this is advance booking to ensure the next visiting Head of State is hosted here, like Trump? Or is this the beginning of a legacy-creation-thru-labelling spree (sic)?”
His occasion colleague Rajeev Satav stated, “Renaming Motera cricket stadium from Sardar Patel to Narendra Modi is an absolute disgrace. This shows how narcissistic our PM has become. This is outrageous and a clear sign of autocratic dictatorship.”
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, with out straight speaking in regards to the stadium, tweeted a Hindi quote of Sardar Patel, “There is something unique in this soil, which has always been the abode of great souls despite many obstacles.”
Later, Information and Broadcasting Minister Javadekar tweeted, “The name of the Sports Complex is Sardar Patel Sports Enclave. Only the name of the cricket stadium, within the complex, has been named after Narendra Modi. Ironically, ‘The Family’, which never respected Sardar Patel, even after his death, is now making hue and cry.”
An identical submit was tweeted by Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports.
Prasad, Minister for Law & Justice, Communications and Electronics & Information Technology, additionally tweeted, “I want to ask Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi that while they have objection over renaming of Motera Stadium to Narendra Modi Stadium, Have they ever praised world’s tallest statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in Kevadia? Have they even visited it?”
BJP’s National President JP Nadda stated that naming the world’s largest stadium after Prime Minister Modi is a “humble attempt to honour his vision” to take India to the top-most place within the sports activities area as nicely.
The occasion’s IT cell head Amit Malviya stated that “the usual suspects” have an issue simply because the cricket stadium, one of many many services within the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Sports Enclave, has been named after PM Narendra Modi.
“Get used to it! Today, several people speak of India and PM Modi in the same breath…,” he tweeted.