UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath on October 13 stated that Allahabad will shortly be re-named as Prayagraj.
The state has previously re-christened Mughalsarai Junction and Mughalsarai as Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Junction and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Nagar, after the founding father of Bharatiya Jana Sangh.
The formal declaration on Saturday came after governor Ram Naik approved a proposal for the same.
The proposal was made by a nodal body of Hindu monks Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad and other monastics.
The Uttar Pradesh Congress on October 14 registered its condemnation of the BJP headed state administration’s apparent move to rechristen Allahabad as ‘Prayagraj’.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had on Saturday, 13 October, declared that Allahabad would be named ‘Prayagraj’ before the Kumbh Mela, should a broad agreement be attained on the subject, media added.
While talking to media people, Yogi had stated, “It might be the wish of many people that Allahabad be renamed as Prayagraj. I think that it will give a very good message. If everyone agrees, we should know this city as Prayag Raj and it can be a good start.”
The Chief Minister also stated that Governor Ram Naik had given his approval to the suggestion.
Reacting to the declaration, Congress representative Onkar Singh stated the administration must make Prayagraj a novel city, and let the name of Allahabad keep on as is, the media people added.
Mr. Onkar Singh stated that if the city’s name gets changed, after that the Allahabad University would also lose its uniqueness.
In the meantime, the BJP welcomed the declaration, stating that the name Prayagraj would give the city its “age-old distinctiveness”, and eliminate any symbols of Akbar and the Mughals.
According to media, BJP state representative Manoj Mishra stated, “Akbar ki Nishani Ko mita kar pauranik naam dena shreyaskar hai. (To remove the sign of Akbar and give a historical name is good).”