Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath campaigned for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) by addressing a rally ahead of municipal election in Hyderabad next week. The politician, who is known for changing names of places, declared that the BJP could rename Hyderabad to Bhagyanagar if it won in the upcoming polls.

“Some people were asking me if Hyderabad can be renamed as Bhagyanagar. I said – why not? I told them we renamed Faizabad as Ayodhya and Allahabad as Prayagraj after BJP came into power. Why can’t Hyderabad be renamed as Bhagyanagar?” Adityanath said amid the cheers of the BJP supporters.

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi was quick to hit back at Adityanath over his statement of changing the name of the city.

“Jo Hyderabad ka naam badalna chahta hai uski naslein tabah ho jaayengi lekin naam nahi badlega. Hum Ali ke naam leva hain, hum tumhara naam tabdeel kar denge (The ones who want to change the name of Hyderabad, their breeds will get destroyed by name won’t. We speak the name of Ali, we will change your name),” Owaisi said as quoted by India Today.

While Owaisi didn’t take name of Adityanath, the UP CM didn’t hesitate to mention the AIMIM leader in his verbal attack, calling him an “avatar of Mohammad Ali Jinnah”.

“In Bihar a newly-elected MLA of AIMIM declined to say “Hindustan” during oath-taking. They will live in Hindustan but when it comes to taking oath in the name of Hindustan, they hesitate,” Adityanath said.