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Rename Chandigarh airport after Bhagat Singh: Opposition in Rajya Sabha

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The Rajya Sabha on Thursday witnessed brief uproar over the naming of Chandigarh airport, as the Opposition alleged that the BJP government in Haryana does not want to name it after Shahid-e-Azam Bhagat Singh.

During the Zero Hour, Ritabrata Banerjee (CPI-M) said there has been a contoversy over the naming of the Chandigarh airport.

“The Punjab Government had agreed that the airpot will be named after Shaheed-E-Azam Bhagat Singh, (but) the Haryana Government, the Haryana Chief Minister said ‘no’. They want to name the airport after Mangal Sein,” he said.

The CPI (M) member said there were agitations on Wednesday to demand naming of the airport after Bhagat Singh. Today is the martyrdom day of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev.

Joining the issue, Congress leader Pratap Singh Bajwa said on the one side there is demand to name the airport after the great freedom fighter, but on the other hand, the BJP wanted to name it after the party’s ex-Chief Minister.

As several opposition members were up on their feet and created an uproar, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi countered the allegations saying “we have never said it and nobody has said it. It’s not proper to make such sweeping statements“.

The Minister said Bhagat Singh was a martyr and was respected by everyone.

As the uproar continued, Deputy Chairman P J Kurien asked Naqvi to take note of the suggestion to which the minister said yes.

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