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Only the Motera stadium changed its name after PM, the complex still has the name of Sardar Patel: Government | India News


NEW DELHI: Amid controversy over renaming a cricket stadium in Gujarat in honor of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the government said on Wednesday that the name change involves only the Motera stadium, while the entire sports complex it continues under the name Sardar Patel.
Shortly after President Ram Nath Kovind opened the world’s largest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad, which will now be known as ‘Narendra Modi Stadium’, social media was inundated with comments, including some leaders of Congress and other parties in the opposition that alleged that the name change exercise amounted to an “insult” to Sardar Patel.
However, when asked about the allegations, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters that only the Motera stadium has been renamed and that the complex continues to be named after Vallabhbhai Patel.
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who was present alongside Javadekar at the press conference after a cabinet meeting, also attacked congressional leaders and asked whether party chief Sonia Gandhi or Rahul Gandhi have praised up to now the world’s tallest statue of Sardar Patel erected. at Kevadiya in Gujarat.
Javadekar said the two congressional leaders have not even visited the statue.
Prasad continued: “I want to say this with full responsibility that a tourist spot that receives global praise has not yet been visited or praised by the two leaders of Congress. What else is there to say?”
Congressional Leader Shashi Tharoor tweeted: “Maybe they just realized that the stadium is named after an Interior Minister who had banned his parent organization! Or maybe this is an early booking to ensure that is the next visiting Head of State to stay here, like Trump? Or is this? the start of a labeling legacy-making spree (sic)? ”
His party colleague Rajeev Satav said: “Renaming the Motera cricket stadium from Sardar Patel to Narendra Modi is an absolute disgrace. This shows how narcissistic our prime minister has become. This is outrageous and a clear sign of dictatorship. autocratic. ”
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, without speaking directly about the stadium, tweeted a Hindi quote from Sardar Patel: “There is something unique about this ground, which has always been the abode of great souls despite many obstacles.”

Times of India