Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is ready to rename Hyderabad as Bhagyanagar, if voted to power in Telangana, according to a report by The Times of India.
The UP chief minister was in the poll-bound state on December 2 to campaign for the saffron party.
"If you are keen to rename Hyderabad as Bhagyanagar, then vote for BJP," Adityanath said.
The BJP government in UP, which is led by Adityanath had recently changed the name of Allahabad to Prayagray and Faizabad district to Ayodhya.
Addressing a gathering in Hyderabad region, which is a bastion of Asaduddin Owaisi’s All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM), Adityanath accused the party of playing "only Muslim appeasement politics" and linked it to terror attacks.
"All terror attacks have some link with Hyderabad. Had Muslim appeasement not been part of our politics, such terrorist activities would not have taken place," Yogi said, according the report.
Escalating his attack on Owaisi further, he said, "if BJP forms government in Telangana, I can tell you that Owaisi will have to run away just like the Nizam was compelled to run away from Hyderabad."
Adityanath attacked the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and principle opposition party Congress, accusing them of indulging in Muslim appeasement and making religion a foundation for making schemes for them.
"Congress says if it forms government in Telangana it will provide area development funds to Muslims. Congress policies are divisive, with wrong intentions," Adityanath said.
He alleged that Congress and TRS are "playing with" the interest of the people in Telangana and they would make efforts to take the state towards "Nizamshahi".
The BJP does not discriminate between caste, creed and religion while drafting policies, he said. It only did development, but never did appeasement of anyone, said added.(With inputs from PTI)Assembly Elections 2018: Read the latest news, views and analysis here