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Assam CM says nothing to debate on the topic of ‘Bharat’

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Guwahati, Sept 06: Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday said there is nothing to debate on the topic of ‘Bharat’ because the Supreme Court in 2016 had announced that ‘India and Bharat’ can be interchangeable.

Addressing a press conference, Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “It is not a topic of debate because the Supreme Court in 2016 says ‘India and Bharat’ can be interchangeable.

When Union home minister Amit Shah talked about the topic in the Parliament, nobody opposed in that time but now the Congress and other parties are opposing.”

“I remember when Manmohan Singh took oath as the Prime Minister he said ‘Bharat’. When H.D. Deve Gowda and Indira Gandhi became the Prime Minister, they took oath as Prime Minister of ‘Bharat’ not India. It is not a debatable topic but still some political parties and some persons are creating debate with the name,” Sarma claimed.

Sarma further said, “We should listen to our saints and Rishi Munis because they mentioned the name “Bharat”, not anything else. We should not listen what Jinnah (Muhammad Ali Jinnah) has said, we should listen to our ancestor has said.”

He went on to further state that if Race Course Road could renamed as Lok Kalyan Marg, if Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s statue could be set at National War Memorial then Rashtrapati Bhavan can also be newly built.

Controversy has gripped India after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government referred to the country as Bharat on official invitations, leaving many wondering whether the name will be changed.

In dinner invitations sent on Tuesday to guests attending this week’s Group of 20 (G20) summit, President Droupadi Murmu was referred to as “President of Bharat” instead of the usual “President of India”.

On the same day, a tweet by a senior spokesman of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said PM Modi was attending a summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Indonesia as the “Prime Minister of Bharat”.

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