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AAP believes in changing lives of Delhi people, not spelling: CM's jibe at Goel

NEW DELHI: Dismissing BJP leader Vijay Goel's demand of changing the spelling of Delhi to 'Dilli', Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said the AAP dispensation believes in changing the life of Delhiites instead of renaming the city. He sought to know how the people of Delhi will benefit by changing the name of the national Capital. "We have to change the life of Delhiites instead of changing the name of Delhi. We have to make their life better. How will people of Delhi benefit by changing the name of the city?," CM Kejriwal said on Twitter in Hindi.

"Prosperity will only come when we ensure quality education and medical treatment to their children, as well as provide them good roads, electricity and water," he said.

On Wednesday, Goel, who is also a Rajya Sabha MP, demanded that the name of the national capital be spelt 'Dilli' in English instead of 'Delhi'. He was speaking during the Question Hour of the ongoing budget session. Goel said there were many different versions to the origin of the word 'Delhi'. Some believe 'Delhi' originated from Raju Dillu, a king of Mauryan Dynasty who named the city after himself. Others say the name 'Delhi' is derived from the word 'Deehleej' as Delhi serves as the gateway to the great Indo-Gangetic Plain.

"Demands like naming Delhi as Indraprastha or Hastinapura have also been raised earlier but if the name 'Delhi' had to stay then at least it should be pronounced correctly," he added.

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