Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday renamed an under-construction Mughal Museum in Agra after Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The announcement was made by CM’s office announced in an official statement.
The decision of changing the name was taken after a review meeting of the developmental work in the city.“How can Mughals be our heroes? The very name of Shivaji will invoke a feeling of nationalism and self-esteem,” said Yogi Adityanath in a statement.
The CM then released an official statement and directed his officers to rename the museum during a virtual meeting from his official residence.
Adityanath then took to Twitter and wrote, “Agra’s under-construction museum will be known by the name of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. In your new Uttar Pradesh, there is no space for the symbols of the mentality of slavery Shivaji Maharaj is our hero. Jai Hind, Jai Bharat!”
Initiated by former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, the construction of the museum was announced in 2016 and now is being built by the state tourism department.
Costing Rs 141 crore, the museum, which was built by Mughal emperor Shahjahan, would come up on six acres of land near the eastern gate of Taj Mahal with the intention of apprising tourists about the Mughal era’s weapons, culture and dresses among others.
As reported in Hindustan Times,“Much of the work has been completed but the finishing touch is yet to be given. There was a paucity of funds because of the lockdown and the work stopped,” said Amit Srivastava, deputy director of Uttar Pradesh tourism office in Agra.
Reacting to the decision of changing the name, President of Samajwadi Party in Agra Wazid Nisar blamed the Adityanath led government of focusing only on changing of names than worrying about developmental works.
Yogi Adityanath, in his three-years of governance changed the names of two cities — Faizabad to Ayodhya and Allahabad to Prayagraj.
In 2018, the CM said that by changing names, his government would continue to take forward the legacy of Lord Ram in India.