Coconut Park in Patna, Bihar, reverts to its original name after controversy. Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav to inaugurate the renaming.
Reverting to the Original Name
The park known as the Atal Bihari Vajpayee park, situated in Patna’s Kankarbagh area in Bihar, is returning to its original name – Coconut Park. The park’s renaming took place in 2018, when it was named after former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The renaming had stirred controversy and now, it’s being restored to its initial name.
Renaming to be Inaugurated by Deputy Chief Minister
Bihar’s Deputy Chief Minister, Tejashwi Yadav, is set to inaugurate the park with its original name on Monday. The decision to revert to the original name was reportedly announced by Tej Pratap Yadav, Bihar’s Minister of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change.
The park’s renaming has drawn criticism from the opposition, particularly from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders. Nityanand Rai, BJP leader and Minister of State for Home Affairs, expressed disappointment over changing the name from Atal Bihari Vajpayee park, considering the park’s statue of the former prime minister.
Diverging Opinions Within the BJP
Nityanand Rai questioned the decision and urged Tejashwi to reconsider, while also calling upon Nitish Kumar to intervene. Samrat Chaudhary, the state BJP President, also voiced opposition to the renaming, highlighting the disconnect between Nitish Kumar’s words and actions in relation to this matter.