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BBMP drops controversial road-naming move

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Civic chief Manjunatha Prasad writes to govt, refers to objections of 3 MPs

TheBengaluruLive expose produces results in 24 hours!

BENGALURU:

Where the city’s ‘big’ media did not care to venture, TheBengaluruLive boldly exposed the ‘minority appeasement’ shenanigans of our netas in giving a Muslim ‘colour’ to street names in a minority-dominated ward. The results followed in less than 24 hours — BBMP Commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad has written to the state government recommending that the move to name 11 crossroads in Padarayanapura ward after Muslim ‘leaders’ be scrapped. Prasad’s recommendation comes in the wake of three Members of Parliament – two of them from the city – vociferously objecting to the road-naming proposal.

Earlier on Thursday, TheBengaluruLive broke the story of how BJP councillers in BBMP, under the direction of then Mayor M Goutham Kumar, passed a resolution on September 8 to name 11 crossroads in the densely Muslim-populated Padarayanapura area after Muslim ‘leaders’ who were ‘airbrushed’ to look like ‘social workers’.

Once the story broke, Uttara Kannada MP Anantkumar Hegde was the first to object to the decision, demanding in a letter to the BBMP Commissioner that the road-naming proposal be scrapped. A couple of hours later, Bengaluru South MP Tejasvi Surya followed suit and demanded that the decision be dropped, while expressing his apprehensions that any such renaming move would lead to communal tensions.

Commissioner senses trouble

Manjunatha Prasad clearly anticipated trouble, and later in the evening shot off a letter to the Additional Chief Secretary of the Urban Development Department, recommending that the road-naming decision by the BBMP Council be dropped. In this connection, he mentioned that he had received e-mailed objections to the proposal from MPs Ananth Kumar Hegde, Tejasvi Surya and PC Mohan (Bengaluru Central), and private citizen Rangnath Malya.

In his letter to the government, Prasad noted that 30 days’ time had been given for objections from the public to the road-naming proposal. However, since he had already received objections, “I recommend dropping the naming decision under Section 98 of the Karnataka Municipalities Act 1976,” the letter said.

Also Read: 11 Padarayanapura streets get Muslim names – courtesy BJP leaders! https://thebengalurulive.com/11-padarayanapura-streets-get-muslim-names-courtesy-bjp-leaders/

Also Read: Tejasvi Surya condemns Muslim ‘colour’ to roads https://thebengalurulive.com/tejasvi-surya-condemns-muslim-colour-to-roads/

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