In a bold declaration, Yogi Adityanath, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, stirred the political pot by stating that Hyderabad will transform into “Bhagyanagar” if the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) secures victory in Telangana. This proclamation, made during the build-up to the upcoming single-phase assembly election on November 30, adds a layer of intrigue to the political landscape of the state.
Yogi’s Stand on Muslim Reservation:
Yogi Adityanath did not shy away from addressing the contentious issue of the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) government’s 4% Muslim reservation in Telangana, deeming it “unconstitutional.” This stance is likely to spark further debates and discussions in the lead-up to the election.
The Chief Minister’s assertion that the city of Hyderabad, established by the Congress, would undergo a transformation into “Bhagyanagar” under BJP rule is a nod to the party’s vision for the state. He emphasized that the BJP would celebrate September 17, a date associated with the formal joining of the Nizam-ruled princely state of Hyderabad into the Indian Union in 1948.
Hyderabad’s Historical Context:
The proposed name change to “Bhagyanagar” has historical roots, echoing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reference to the city by this name in 2022. Yogi Adityanath’s second mention of the Telangana name change issue adds weight to the BJP’s campaign narrative.
In 2020, during his campaign for municipal elections, Yogi had initially raised the suggestion that Hyderabad be renamed “Bhagyanagar” in honor of the goddess “Bhagyalaxmi,” whose substantial temple stands in the city.
Implications and Election Dynamics:
As Telangana gears up for its assembly election and subsequent vote count on December 3, Yogi Adityanath’s statements inject a new dimension into the political discourse. The proposed name change not only highlights the BJP’s vision for Hyderabad but also raises questions about the city’s historical and cultural identity.