New Delhi, March 29: Raising question over the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh Government’s move to add Dr BR Ambedkar’s middle name ‘Ramji’ in all official documents, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Udit Raj on Thursday said that Dalit community has expressed its displeasure.
Speaking to ANI, Raj said, “I don’t find any reason to change his name, it’s an individual’s freedom to decide how he wants to be known, Why create a controversy unnecessarily?”
I don't find any reason to change his name, it's an individual's freedom to decide how he wants to be known, Why create a controversy unnecessarily? The Dalit community has expressed its displeasure: Udit Raj, BJP MP, on the addition of 'Ramji' to BR Ambedkar's name by UP govt pic.twitter.com/sRgUNPojiY
— ANI (@ANI) March 29, 2018
Following the recommendation of Governor Ram Naik, the Uttar Pradesh government decided to add “Ramji” as the middle name of Dr BR Ambedkar in all official documents and records in the state.
However, the spelling of Ambedkar in English will remain unchanged, but in Hindi, it will be changed so that his name is pronounced ‘Aambedkar’.
The order was passed on the recommendation of Governor Ram Naik.