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Rename country as Bharat: BJP member Satyapal Singh in Lok Sabha

The use of ‘India’ should end. The name of this country is Bharat, which is a powerhouse of knowledge, said the former Union Minister.

Screenshot 2024 02 05 221357NEW DELHI: Former Union minister and senior BJP leader Satyapal Singh on Monday demanded in the Lok Sabha that the name of the country should be changed to Bharat.

Participating in a debate on the Motion of Thanks to the President’s address, Singh said the first paragraph of the Constitution has a mention – ‘India that is Bharat’.

“The use of ‘India’ should end. The name of this country is Bharat, which is a powerhouse of knowledge. This name (India) should be changed. Such a country, which is the greatest in the world,” said Singh, a former IPS officer and Lok Sabha member from Baghpat in Uttar Pradesh.

“Even the Gods said we were fortunate to have been born in Bharat. Hence the name of the country should be changed to Bharat,” he said, quoting from scriptures.

Singh, who was minister of state for education, said the President’s address was a guarantee of the guarantees given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“We will work together to end poverty in the country, will end terrorism and casteism. We will restore India’s past glory by making it a self-reliant and developed nation by 2047,” the BJP leader said.

He said the building of the Ram temple in Ayodhya was an expression of the faith of crores of devotees and that the prime minister was working towards establishing Ram Rajya in the country.

“We will not rest till Ram Rajya is established. Mahatma Gandhi spoke about establishing Ram Rajya during the freedom struggle. The Prime Minister is following the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi, Maharshi Dayanand and Deen Dayal Upadhyay, and working towards establishing Ram Rajya in the country,” Singh said.

Trinamool Congress member Satabdi Roy sought to punch holes in the government’s claims of pulling out 25 crore people from multi-dimensional poverty, contending that the data pertained to Covid years when surveys were not conducted.

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