The issue of changing the name once again is at the center level after the Prime Minister. Narendra Modi The name ‘Bhagyanagar’ was used for Hyderabad in the two-day brainstorming session of the BJP’s National Executive Committee on Saturday (July 2).
The use of another name for the capital of Telangana by the Prime Minister while addressing the party cadre has caught the attention of the average Hyderabad resident. According to a media briefing by BJP MP Ravi Shankar Prasad, the prime minister also referred to independent India’s first home minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who was instrumental in freeing Hyderabad from Nizam rule. Thus, ending the princely states in India.
Another BJP leader Dinesh Sharma, who participated in the high-octane NEC, also mentioned the word ‘Bhagyanagar’ instead of Hyderabad. “The land which has been blessed with the divine presence of (goddess) Bhagyalakshmi was once called Bhagyanagar. Big changes are being seen in Bhagyanagar on all fronts including development.
Former Jharkhand chief minister and BJP leader Raghubar Das also said that Hyderabad would be renamed as ‘Bhagyanagar’ if the BJP came to power in Telangana.
This is not the first time that the name change of Hyderabad has been mentioned. During the campaign for the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Election (GHMC) in 2020, the rank and file of the saffron party carried the word ‘Bhagyanagar’ for every voter in the city. Along with the name change, star campaigner Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath also reiterated the same thing ahead of these elections.
“After the BJP came to power in Uttar Pradesh, we changed Faizabad to Ayodhya and Allahabad to Prayagraj. Under these circumstances, why should Hyderabad not be renamed as Bhagyanagar?” Amidst thunderous applause, Adityanath had made the gesture during a rally.
Telangana leaders of BJP’s parent organization RSS have also demanded renaming of Hyderabad to ‘Bhagyanagar’.
According to official records, the Qutb Shahi dynasty ruled the Golconda Sultanate from 1518 AD to 1687 AD, with Hyderabad as its main administrative centre. According to historians, the city was founded by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, who shifted the capital from Golconda to Hyderabad.
When it comes to the name Hyderabad, it is said to be associated with Hyder, the son of the Sultan and according to popular folklore in Telangana, Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah fell in love with a local prostitute named Bhagmati. It is believed that, in his honour, the city was named ‘Bhagyanagar’.