Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Thursday lambasted the Congress for taking exception to the naming of a cricket stadium after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while ignoring the fact that 25 stadia in the country have been named after Indira Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Rajiv Gandhi. Rupani alleged that it was Congress which has done injustice to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel by not conferring him with Bharat Ratna for 40 long years.
The newly built cricket stadium at Motera in Ahmedabad – currently the world’s biggest cricket stadium – has been named as Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium. It was inaugurated by President Ramnath Kovind Wednesday. The Congress has alleged that by renaming the stadium from Sardar Patel Stadium to Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium, the BJP has insulted not only Sardar Patel, but entire Gujarat. It also accused the BJP of erasing history.
The BJP has defended the move saying that the stadium was popularly known as Motera Cricket Stadium and was never named after Sardar Patel. The ruling party has also stated that the stadium is part of a larger Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Sports Complex being built at the spot.