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Chorus to rename Ahmedabad, Agra grows

India Today logo India Today 09-11-2018 Poulomi Saha
a close up of a person: The Opposition has ridiculed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for going on a name-changing spree instead of focusing on key developmental issues. © Poulomi Saha The Opposition has ridiculed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for going on a name-changing spree instead of focusing on key developmental issues.

After Allahabad and Faizabad, similar demands to rename Ahmedabad as Karnavati and Agra as Agravan have emerged from within the saffron family. In Gujarat, chief minister Vijay Rupani has said that his government is looking at the possibility of rechristening Ahmedabad.

"We are contemplating changing the name of Ahmedabad to Karnavati. Concrete steps will be taken after looking at it from legal and all other angles," he said.

While the demand to rename Ahmedabad is old, the petition to rename the city of Taj is new. After Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath recently announced that Allahabad will soon be called "Prayagraj" and Faizabad district will be referred to as "Ayodhya", BJP legislator Jagan Prasad Garg wants the CM to rename Agra as "Agravan".

"This is an old matter. Many years ago, Agra was Agravan. But after the Mughal rule and other regimes, the name kept changing. (The name) Agra has no meaning nor does it generate any feeling. Rather 'Agravan' means something," opined Garg.

The Opposition has ridiculed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for going on a name-changing spree instead of focusing on key developmental issues.

Rajya Sabha MP and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Manoj Jha said, "You choose a government to be a gamechanger. This government came (to power) on the promise of game-changing but it's only 'name-changing'. Why not change names of every city, town, street at one go? They are not paying attention to issues like poverty, women safety, and the rights of the scheduled castes and tribes."

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