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Business News/ Politics / News/  INDIA to be renamed BHARAT? Presidential invite for G20 dinner sparks row, Congress reacts

INDIA to be renamed BHARAT? Presidential invite for G20 dinner sparks row, Congress reacts

Invite for G20 dinner in the name of 'President of Bharat' sparks controversy, says Jairam Ramesh.

Congress senior leader and general secretary Jairam Ramesh. (ANI Photo) Premium
Congress senior leader and general secretary Jairam Ramesh. (ANI Photo)

In a fresh attack on the BJP-led central government, senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh on Tuesday claimed that invites to a G20 summit dinner hosted at the Rashtrapati Bhawan had written ‘President of Bharat’ on them, instead of ‘President of India’.

“Rashtrapati Bhawan has sent out an invite for a G20 dinner on Sept 9th in the name of 'President of Bharat' instead of the usual ‘President of India’," Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh wrote in a post on X (formerly Twitter).

He also said, “Now, Article 1 in the Constitution can read: “Bharat, that was India, shall be a Union of States. But now even this “Union of States" is under assault."

The G20 Summit is being held in the national capital from September 9 to 10 under India's presidency and several heads of state from across the world, including US President Joe Biden, are attending the event.

Hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Congress leader said, “Mr. Modi can continue to distort history and divide India, that is Bharat, that is a Union of States. But we will not be deterred."

“After all, what is the objective of INDIA parties? It is BHARAT—Bring Harmony, Amity, Reconciliation And Trust. Judega BHARAT! Jeetega INDIA!" Ramesh added.

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma also said, “REPUBLIC OF BHARAT - happy and proud that our civilization is marching ahead boldly towards AMRIT KAAL."

Earlier today, AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh alleged that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)-led by Mohan Bhagwat wants to change the Constitution of the country by ‘removing’ the word ‘India’ with Bharat.

“Babasaheb Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar wrote in the constitution--"India That Is Bharat". But Modi and RSS who hate Babasaheb want to change the constitution. Why do Bhagwat and Modi hate Babasaheb so much?" Sanjay Singh said in his post on ‘X’.

This came after Mohan Bhagwat had earlier this month had said that people should use the name "Bharat" instead of India, and urged people to inculcate the habit.

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Published: 05 Sep 2023, 12:32 PM IST
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