Allahabad: After Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday asserted that the name of Allahabad should be changed to Prayagraj if there’s consensus on the same, the Congress Sunday opposed the announcement to rename the city.
Congress spokesperson Onkar Singh said that Allahabad had a history attached to it and changing the name of the city to Prayagraj would undermine it. Singh added that if the UP government was hell-bent on changing the name, then a separate city could be built.
Singh said, “During Gandhi-era and fight for independence, Allahabad has been a centre for inspiration. In 1888, 1892 and then in 1910, Congress Mahaadhiveshans took place here, which gave shape to the freedom movement. The city gave the country its first Prime Minister. Moreover, the Allahabad University would lose its identity as it would also be named Prayagraj University.”
Meanwhile, CM Yogi said, “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).”
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 Prayagraj).”
BJP, on the other hand, welcomed the announcement and congratulated the Chief Minister for removing “Akbar ki Nishani” and giving the city its “age-old identity” as Prayagraj. BJP state spokesperson Manoj Mishra said, “The announcement which has come keeping in mind the sentiments of lakhs and crores of people of the state is welcome.”