Gandhinagar: The Gujarat Government has decided to rename dragon fruit as “Kamalam” as the outer shape of the fruit resembles a lotus, said Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Tuesday. Also Read - Prove Corruption Charges or Face Criminal Defamation Suit, Narayanasamy Hits Back at Amit Shah

“The state government has decided rename Dragon Fruit. As the outer shape of the fruit resembles a lotus, hence Dragon Fruit shall be renamed as Kamalam,” said Rupani. Also Read - Lockdown News: These States Impose Lockdown-Like Restrictions in March, Only Essential Services Allowed | Full List

“The name of dragon fruit is associated with China and we have changed it,” he added. Kamalam in Sanskrit means Lotus. Dragon Fruit that has become increasingly popular in recent years, is a tropical fruit with a unique look and taste. Also Read - Ghulam Nabi Azad Praises PM Modi, Says "Proud Of Leaders Like Our PM, Doesn't Hide True Self"

In the past few years, farmers in Gujarat’s Kutch and Navasari have turned to Dragon Fruit cultivation in large quantities and the fruit has become a popular addition to the diet in the state. It is grown mainly in Bhuj, Gandhidham and Mandvi.

Interestingly, the BJP office in Gujarat is also named ‘Kamalam’. The state government has applied to get the name patented.

A petition has also been sent through the Gujarat Forest Department to the Indian Council of Agricultural Research to name the fruit Kamalam.

In July last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had mentioned the fruit in his monthly radio show “Mann Ki Baat”. He had praised the farmers of Kutch for growing the imported fruit, so that India can be self-reliant.

(With ANI inputs)