‘Rename Rajasthan as Kartavyasthan’: Shashi Tharoor takes jibe at PM Modi over Rajpath name change


New Delhi: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, on Saturday, September 11, lashed out at the government over renaming Rajpath as Kartavya Path, asking whether other Raj Bhavans should also be renamed Kartavya Bhavans as well. He went on to suggest that Rajasthan be renamed Kartavyasthan.

“If Raj Path is renamed Kartavya Path, shouldn’t all Raj Bhavans be renamed Kartavya Bhavans?” he tweeted. “Why stop there? Why not rename Rajasthan Kartavyasthan?” he added.

TMC MP Mahua Moitra also raised a similar question on Friday when she tweeted, “Will all Raj Bhavans be now known as Kartavya Bhavans?” On Saturday, she put out another tweet, “Meanwhile new BJP in charge for WB can ride on the Kartavyadhani Express to Sealdah enjoying his Kartavya kachoris followed by a nice sweet Kartavya bhog. Yummy.”

The BJP has named Mangal Pandey, its former Bihar minister, as the party incharge of West Bengal.

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Rajpath to Kartavyapath

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 8, inaugurated the Kartavya Path, adding, “the move symbolises a shift from erstwhile Rajpath being an icon of power to Kartavya Path being an example of public ownership and empowerment”. PM said, `Kartavya Path` symbolises a shift from erstwhile Rajpath being an icon of power, to Kartavya Path being an example of public ownership and empowerment. He also unveiled the statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose at the India Gate on occasion.

Inaugurating the Kartavya Path PM said, “Today, we are filling the picture of tomorrow with new colours, leaving behind the past. Today this new aura is visible everywhere, it is the aura of confidence of New India”, he said. He continued “Kingsway (Rajpath), the symbol of slavery, has become a matter of history from today and has been erased forever. 

He stressed that the emotion and structure of the Rajpath were a symbol of slavery, but today with the change in architecture, its spirit is also transformed. This Kartavya Path stretching from the National War Memorial to Rashtrapati Bhawan will be vibrant with a sense of duty, he added.

(With ANI/PTI inputs)

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