DEHRADUN, July 9
Uttarkhand BJP government that some time back identified Rispana river of Dehradun as Rishiparna river has now changed the name of famous Rispana bridge near Vidhan Sabha that falls on National Highway 72 as Dayanand Saraswati Bridge. Dayanand Saraswati was Arya Samaji social reformer. Additional Chief Secretary Om Prakash issued a notification in this regard.
Significantly, the earlier congress government had tried to name Rispana bridge as Shaktiman bridge in memory of police horse Shaktiman, who suffered injuries in a protest by BJP and ultimately died after a long treatment ordeal. The matter had created much of furore. Congress government was even planning to install an idol of Shaktiman.
The naming of Rispana bridge is now all set to begin a war of words between ruling BJP and Congress as congress party will call it a politically motivated step.