Senior West Bengal BJP leader Dilip Ghosh said on Sunday that India will be renamed Bharat and statues of foreigners in Calcutta will be removed.
The Medinipur MP said those who oppose the name change can leave the country.
Speaking at the ‘Chai pe Charcha’ program in Kharagpur town, which falls under his constituency, the former BJP national vice-president said, “If our party comes to power in West Bengal, we will remove statues of foreigners in Calcutta.” “India will be renamed Bharat. Those who do not like the country are free to leave the country,” he said.
Rahul Sinha, another senior BJP leader from the state, said a country cannot have two names and this is the right time to change the name as world leaders are in New Delhi to attend the G20 summit .
Trinamool Congress spokesperson Santanu Sen alleged that the BJP was trying to “divert attention from real issues as it fears the opposition’s INDIA alliance”.
Opposition parties led by the Congress have formed the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) to take on the BJP in the Lok Sabha polls next year.
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