Hyderabad: Minutes after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's tweet hailing the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) decision to rename Aurangzeb Road after former Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam went viral, Asaduddin Owaisi expressed disappointment saying the best tribute to Kalam would be naming a science scholarship after him, not roads.
"Start a Science Scholarship in Delhi schools (after) Kalam's name", Hyderabad MP and president of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) wrote on micro-blogging social networking site Twitter.
In the same vein, Owaisi advised Kejriwal to read true facts about Mogul emperor Aurangzeb, attaching with his message the title image of "Aurangzeb and Tipu Sultan - Evaluation of Their Religious Policies", the book written by Dr. B.N. Pande and published by Institute of Objective Studies, New Delhi.
Owaisi's advice to Kejriwal followed the NDMC decision to re-name Delhi's Aurangzeb Road as A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Road. The tree-lined Aurangzeb Road is located in the heart of Delhi and has several billionaires living there.
Hailing the decision, Kejriwal wrote: "Congrats! NDMC just now decided to rename Aurangzeb Road (as) A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Road."
An NDMC official said: "We have decided to change the name of Aurangzeb Road to A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Road. The Delhi government will finally clear it."
The decision, though hailed by many, also received sharp reactions from others.
"This is a tribute or intimidation??? Like APJ Kalam who was one of the best President the country had, Aurangazeb was one of the best rulers India had", T Rashid wrote in his comments posted on ummid.com in response to the news.
A netizen, who identified himself as 'Hindustani' wrote in his comments: "What was the problem renaming sansad marg or palam marg after APJ, why only they choose Aurangzeb road, this proves the mentality of all the radical and secular parties in India."
Former president Kalam died in Shillong on July 27. Aurangzeb was the sixth Mughal emperor and ruled over most of the Indian subcontinent in the 17th century.
In 2014, the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) had demanded that Aurangzeb Road be named after Sikh guru Teg Bahadur, who was executed by Aurangzeb.