Ayodhya: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday announced that Uttar Pradesh’s Faizabad will now be known as ‘Sri Ayodhya’. The name change is the second in the state after Allahabad renamed as Prayagraj.
Addressing a gathering at the Queen Hau Park in Ayodhya during the world’s largest Diwali celebrations, Adityanath said, “Ayodhya hamari aan baan shaan ka prateek hai, Ayodhya ki pehchan Bhagwan Ram se hai. Aaj se is janpad(Faizabad) ka naam bhi Ayodhya hoga.”
The announcement came days after the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) demanded that Faizabad be renamed as ‘Sri Ayodhya’.
The Faizabad district comprises the two towns of Faizabad and Ayodhya. CM Yogi said the former would now be known by its “original name”.
The chief minister further announced that an airport and a medical college will be built in Ayodhya. While the airport will be named after Lord Ram, the medical college will be named after his father Raja Dashrath.
Alluding the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya, CM Yogi said, “We have come to assure you that no power can do injustice with Ayodhya. Every Indian knows what Ayodhya wants”.
The renaming spree carried out by the Uttar Pradesh government is seen as its Hindutva push ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Earlier it was reported that CM Yogi may announce the construction of a 151-meter statue of Lord Ram in Ayodhya.
As soon as CM Yogi began his Diwali speech, people started chanting slogans “Yogi tum kaam karo, mandir ka nirman karo (Yogi you work, get the temple created)”.
The slogans were in reference to the rising demands to the Centre to bring an Ordinance for the construction of Ram temple on the disputed land. The Supreme Court had last month postponed the hearing in the sensitive title dispute till January next year, leaving several Hindu outfits and those related to the Sangh Parivar disappointed.