Peace march in Bhopal to oppose capital’s renaming

Bhopal: Opposing the Madhya Pradesh government's plan of renaming Bhopal as 'Bhojpal', a large number of people participated in a 'Peace March' here.

The march was taken out on Saturday evening, following a Facebook campaign 'Save Bhopal Initiative', by Faizan Khan, a 22-year-old engineering student.

Last month, at a function organised to mark the millennium-celebration of coronation of the king Bhoj here, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had said that the proposal to rename Bhopal as Bhojpal would be sent to the Centre soon.

Former Mayor Deepchand Yadav, Congress leader P C Sharma, Arif Masood and Bhopal Group for Information and Action's Satinath Sadangi took part in yesterday's rally.

Protesters were seen carrying placards, with slogans such as 'Munni Ke Baad, Bhopal Ko Badnaam Mat Karo'.

There was also a signature campaign opposing the renaming.

The march that began at Iqbal Ground was planned to culminate at the Chief Minister's residence, but police stopped the protesters midway at Gauhar Mahal, where the authorities were handed over a memorandum.