BIHARPOST NEWS DESK
PATNA: Union minister and BJP leader Giriraj Singh has created a new political row by demanding renaming of Bakhtiyarpur town which is the birthplace of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar.
Bakhtiyarpur, a small town on the outskirt of Patna, was apparently named after Afghan ruler Bakhtiyar Khilji who invaded Bihar some nine centuries ago and is also blamed for destroying famed Nalanda University, historic facts suggest.
“Khilji had invaded Bihar yet many cities are still named after him. I demand that the name of Bakhtiyarpur be changed,” Singh told the media on Monday.
He hailed the UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath for renaming Allahabad as Prayagraj and expected the Bihar chief minister Kumar to do the same here as well.
But the JD-U which is led by the Bihar chief minister has not responded positively and instead opposed his move.
“There doesn’t arise any question of changing name of any cities/towns in Bihar. There are many important issues which merit attention,” JD-U spokesperson Sanjay Singh told the media on Monday.
A book written on him says Nitish Kumar was born on March 1, 1951 at a place called Bakhtiyarpur, at a distance of 50 km from Patna, the capital city of Bihar although his ancestral home is in a village called Kalyanbigha, which is adjacent to Bakhtiyarpur.
The book adds says Kumar did his schooling from Ganesh High School, Bakhtiyarpur and claims “he was quite sharp and intelligent as a student”.