Wahid Bhat | Jammu
Days after renaming the Jammu Chowk to Bharat Mata Chowk, the BJP led Jammu Municipal Corporation is set to change the name of the Jammu University and the city airport. The resolution moved by the BJP in the Corporation proposes to rename Jammu Airport and the Jammu University after Hindu Dogra monarchs Maharaja Hari Singh and Maharaja Gulab Singh, respectively.
Speaking to groundreport.in, Jammu councilor Narotam Sharma said: “Two proposals to rename Jammu Airport and Jammu University was passed with the full majority during the general house meeting.”
At least two meetings of the JMC’s general house were held last week by BJP councilors to change names of streets and buildings in Jammu. The BJP has a majority of 43 Councillors in the 75-member Municipality.
The resolutions have paved the way for calling the airport Maharaja Hari Singh Jammu Airport and the local university as the Maharaja Gulab Singh Jammu University. “People should know their history and the contribution of the Dogra rulers to J&K,” Sharma added.
Maharaja Gulab Singh founded the Dogra dynasty and became the first monarch of J&K in 1846. Maharaja Hari Singh was the last Dogra monarch, who acceded to India in 1947.