New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday asserted that the name of name of Allahabad should be changed to Prayag Raj if there’s consensus on the same. Prayag is a famous holy place in Allahabad, where three main rivers flowing across the state namely Ganges, Yamuna, and Sarasvati meet. The place is also known for hosting Kumbh Mela once in every 12 years.
“Ganga aur Yamuna do pavitra nadi ka sangam ka sthal hone ke nate yahan sabhi prayago ka raaj hai, isiliye Allahabad ko Prayag raj bhi kehte hain (Two holy rivers, Ganga and Yamuna, join in Allahabad and hence there’s ‘raj’ of all ‘prayag’ (confluence of rivers). And therefore, Allahabad is also known as Prayag Raj)”, said the Uttar Pradesh CM, while speaking to ANI.
Furthermore he added,”Agar sab ki sehmati hogi toh Prayag Raj ke roop mein humein is shehar ko jaan na chahiye (If everyone agrees then this city should be known by the name of Prayag Raj).”
Earlier BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh had penned a letter to Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik proposing a change in the name of Allahabad. “Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik (then MP from Maharashtra) had helped ‘Bombay’ to be renamed as ‘Mumbai’. I have written to him to consider renaming Allahabad as ‘Prayag’,” Singh had said then.
According to some media reports, the banners for the upcoming Kumbh Mela in 2019 mention the name of the city as Prayagraj instead of Allahabad.