Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti Sunday termed the move to rename cities as an election gimmick, saying it was an "assault" on the Ganga-Jamuni Tehzeeb (cross-culture) that the country is rooted in.
The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister was reacting toUttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik's letter to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath torename Sultanpur as Khush Bhawanpur.
"The move to rename cities is an election gimmick &an assault on the Ganga Jamuna tehzeeb culture that our country is rooted in.Also, why are governors getting involved in such matters? Far from theirconstitutionally defined role of being impartial & apolitical," Muftitweeted.
Ganga-Jamuni Tehzeeb is an Urdu term used for the culture ofthe central plains of Northern India, especially the doab region of the Gangaand Yamuna rivers, which is regarded as a fusion of Hindu and Muslim elements.