Haridwar, August 24
The district unit of the BJP has criticised the Congress-led state government for playing politics over several educational and other institutions named after legendary people by the previous BJP government rule.
BJP leaders protested the state government decision to change the name of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya University and Shyama Prasad Mukherjee University. The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna recently.
Former Cabinet minister and three-time legislator from Haridwar Madan Kaushik termed the government move as petty politics that was bound to hurt the sentiments of people of Uttarakhand as well as those who follow the ideals of social reformers like Deen Dayal Upadhyaya and Shyama Prasad Mukherjee.
Kaushik said instead of focusing on undeveloped districts of the state the government was busy changing names of the institutions. “Deen Dayal Upadhyaya was a philosopher, economist, sociologist, historian, journalist and political activist while Shyama Prasad Mukherjee was a freedom fighter who was Minister of Industry in the Jawaharlal Nehru Cabinet. He later founded the Bharatiya Jan Sangh. The contribution of Upadhyaya and Mukherjee to the Indian freedom movement was immense which Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna fails to acknowledge,” he said.
Veteran BJP leader Chandra Shekhar Bhattewala said maybe current ministers did not know about Mukherjee or Upadhyaya. BJP activists burnt effigies of the government and held protests in various parts of Haridwar, Roorkee, Lakshar, Mangalore and Narsain. 

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