New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday hailed the demand to change the name of `Akbar road` in Lutyens Delhi to `Maharana Pratap road` saying that there are a disproportionate number of roads named after Muslim conquers.
BJP leader Subramanian Swamy told ANI that Pratap was a fearless warrior and never bowed down in front any external power and hence to honour the king who made several sacrifices, the name of the road should be changed.
"There is a disproportionate number of roads named after Muslim conquers, about 33 percent of roads in this Lutyens Delhi alone have Muslim names, so I think Maharana Pratap was the man who fought fearlessly, his cousin who had surrendered to Akbar had come and offered him compromise but he said no compromise, I will prefer to eat chapatti made out of grass, therefore I fully support that Akbar road should be renamed as Maharana Pratap road," said Swamy.
Earlier, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar appealed to Minister of State for External Affairs General (retd.) VK Singh to make efforts to rename the road after Maharana Pratap.