Agra: Demanding that Agra should be rechristened as “Agravan”, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmaker Jagan Prasad Garg, who represents Agra North constituency in Uttar Pradesh, Sunday said that he will meet Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and request for the same. Asserting that the city should be renamed as “Agravan”, he reasoned that the word “Agra” doesn’t make any sense.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA claimed that the city was called “Agravan” some 5,000 years ago and should be named the same. “About 5,000 years back the place was called Agravan, so it should be named that again. Most people from the Agrawal community live here. Agra word has no meaning, doesn’t make sense. I will meet CM over this and request for the same,” Jagan Prasad Garg said.
He had made the same demands a few days ago as well after CM Adityanath renamed Allahabad and Faizabad as Prayagraj and Ayodhya, respectively. “You check the name Agra anywhere, what relevance does it have? Earlier there used to be a lot of forests here. And people from the Agarwal community used to live here. So the name should be Agra-van or Agra-wal,” he had said.
Garg’s remarks came a day after another BJP lawmaker hinted that the Uttar Pradesh government will soon be changing names of many other cities in near future. The firebrand BJP leader said there has been a “long-pending demand of people to change the names of various districts” and revert to their original names.
Earlier in the day, Adityanath finally broke his silence on his renaming spree across the state and said that the government “did what felt good”. Indicating that the state government is likely to rename more cities, Adityanath said that the required steps will be taken, whenever there is a need.
“We did what we felt was good. We renamed Mughalsarai as Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhayay Nagar, Allahabad as Prayagraj and Faizabad as Ayodhya. Where there is a need, the government will take the steps required,” he said.