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People have begun to react on it on social media as the invitation to a G20 summit dinner with the phrase "President of Bharat" written on it comes under fire from the government and opposition parties.

The most recent invitation for the dinner on September 9 went viral earlier in the day and referred to President Droupadi Murmu as the "President of Bharat."

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Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan published a picture of the invitation along with the words "Jana Gana Mana Adhinayak Jaya He, Bharat Bhagya Vidhata" and the hashtag "#PresidentOfBharat" on social media site X (formerly known as Twitter).

Below is the tweet:

After the tweet, the opposition leaders questioned the government's motivation and said that the "Union of States" was being attacked.

Jairam Ramesh, the general secretary of the Congress, cited Article 1 of the Constitution on his microblogging website and charged the administration with undermining the concept of a Union of States.

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"So the news is true," he wrote. Instead of the customary "President of India," Rashtrapati Bhawan sent out an invitation for a G20 luncheon on September 9th in the name of "President of Bharat."

"Now, Article 1 of the Constitution can read: 'Bharat, which was India, shall be a Union of States," he asserted. But currently, even this "Union of States" is being attacked.

Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister of Delhi, on Tuesday questioned the "flustered" BJP on whether it would change the name of Bharat in the event that the opposition alliance INDIA changed its name to "Bharat."

I don't have any verified information about this. I've heard some rumors. Why is this taking place? It is claimed that this is taking place as a result of our formation of the INDIA alliance. There are 140 crore citizens of this nation, not just one political party. Will they also alter the name of Bharat if INDIA alliance renames itself Bharat? asked Kejriwal.

"This is such a farce! This is where we live. "Our culture is old," he continued.

DMK leader and Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin responded to the controversy by criticizing the BJP, saying, "BJP promised to TRANSFORM India, but all we got is a name change after 9 years."

After the fascist BJP administration was overthrown by non-BJP forces, who rightly dubbed their alliance #INDIA, he stated, "Now the BJP wants to replace 'India' for 'Bharat.'

India was supposed to be transformed, but after nine years, all we got was a name change! It appears that the BJP is terrified by the word "India" because they recognize the power of the opposition's cohesion. "India" will drive the BJP out of power during the elections!"

Mamata Banerjee, the chief minister of West Bengal, questioned the necessity to "suddenly use only Bharat" when speaking of India in a formal statement.

"I've heard that the name of India is changing. Bharat is written on the G20 invitation that was sent out under the honorable president's name. In Hindi, we say "Bharat ka Samvidhan," while in English we say "India and the Indian Constitution." 'Bharat' is a word we all use; what new is there? She spoke.

"Nothing new needs to be done. Our nation is known as India. What unexpected event caused the necessity to change the country's name? It was her.

According to Supriya Shrinate, the Congress's chair of social media and digital platforms, "Article 1 of the Constitution states that we would be called as both India and Bharat. The truth is that the PM is genuinely terrified and terrified of INDIA, which is why, in an effort to counteract us, he is prepared to change the name of our nation. Who decides to alter the nation's name? And the PM is attempting to achieve that. You may despise us (the INDIA coalition), consider us to be your political rivals, but why start a war with India?The problems that afflict India also afflict Bharat.

"We've never seen invitations going out in the name of 'President of Bharat', it is always 'President of India' or 'Prime Minister of India,'" DMK MP Kanimozhi stated in response to the 'President of Bharat' on the G20 summit dinner invitation. Why did they do this at this time? What purpose does it serve? What politics are at play here? Despite being in the Constitution for so long, nobody ever used it. The RSS chairman recently opined that India's name has to be altered. Many questions arise after reading this after that. Is RSS dictating policy for the entire country? We are unsure of the purpose for calling a special session of Parliament. We are unaware of the plan of action.

Furthermore, Union Minister of State Meenakshi Lekhi stated, "This name is bestowed by our ancestors...The territory north of the Samudra and south of the Himalayas is referred to as "Bharat" in the book "Vishnupuran."

In addition, on September 5th, Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan joined the cause by posting on X, formerly known as Twitter, with the message "Bharat Mata Ki Jai (victory to Mother India)."


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