‘An insult to Sardar Patel’: Outrage on Twitter after Ahmedabad cricket stadium renamed after PM Modi
The largest cricket ground in the world, which was earlier referred to as the Motera Stadium or the Sardar Patel Stadium, will now be called the Narendra Modi stadium
Hundreds of users took to social media to post comments expressing outrage and sarcasm after news broke on Wednesday that the revamped Motera cricket stadium in Ahmedabad had been renamed after Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind, the largest cricket ground in the world with a seating capacity of 1,10,000, which was earlier referred to as the Motera Stadium or the Sardar Patel Stadium will now be called the Narendra Modi stadium.
Critics accused the BJP of "insulting" Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, a freedom icon and India's first Home Minister.
Shiv Sena leader and Rajya Sabha MP Priyanka Chaturvedi tweeted: "Stunning Motera Cricket Stadium Kudos. However Sardar Vallabhai Patel, great son of India, whose name was used extensively to imply he wasn't given his due, we now see his name erased from the stadium. I am certain Hon PM will object to his name being used to write-over India's Iron Man."
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra tweeted a quote in Hindi by Sardar Patel. "There is something unique in this soil, which has always been the abode of great souls despite many obstacles," she tweeted.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted: ‘Beautiful how the truth reveals itself. Narendra Modi stadium - Adani end - Reliance end With Jay Shah presiding. #HumDoHumareDo’
Here is a compilation of some other tweets: