Bengaluru: BJP's national general secretary for Maharashtra, Goa and Tamil Nadu, CT Ravi, demanded on Monday that Delhi's premier institute, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), be renamed as Swami Vivekananda University.

CT Ravi made the demand on his twitter handle, saying, "It was Swami Vivekananda who stood for the idea of 'Bharat'. His philosophy and values signify the 'Strength of Bharat'. It is only right that Jawaharlal Nehru University be renamed as Swami Vivekananda University. Life of Bharat's patriotic saint will inspire generations to come".

Just a few days ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had virtually unveiled a statue of Swami Vivekananda on the JNU campus and asserted that people may have ideological differences, but ideology should be seen supporting and not opposing the nation in matters of national interest.

The Prime Minister had said that the statue will inspire everyone and instil courage and compassion that Swami Vivekananda wanted to see in people.

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CT Ravi had had recently suggested that Love Jihad should be criminalised in Karnataka. Later, the matter was discussed in the BJP's executive committee meeting in Mangaluru and Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa had even announced that his government would bring in such a legislation soon.