New Delhi: Hailing the Uttar Pradesh government’s decision to adopt a proposal to rename Allahabad as Prayagraj, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has demanded that to change the name of Faizabad to “Sri Ayodhya”.  VHP spokesman Sharad Sharma said, “The Uttar Pradesh government is taking steps in the interest of the people and their sentiments and its decision to change the name of Allahabad is praiseworthy… Now they need to change the name of Faizabad to Sri Ayodhya.” Also Read - Final-year Examination: Allahabad University to Hold Exams in Online Mode | This is What Students Have to do

He said there were still a number of streets, buildings and districts which reminded them of the days of slavery. “We have got freedom from the British rule but their symbols still hurt the self-respect of every Hindustani,” he said. Also Read - 'Straight From Hell': Locust Swarm Now Reaches UP's Prayagraj, Terrifying Videos Surface Online

The present government needed to understand their feelings and free the coming generations from these symbols of slavery, he claimed. Also Read - Prayagraj MNNIT Researcher Develops Low-Cost Portable ECG Device That Can Generate Real-Time Report

Sharma said the Adityantha Yogi-led government could make an announcement about it on Diwali and please the seers of the temple town of Ayodhya.

Earlier this week, the state Cabinet approved a proposal to rename the historic city of Allahabad as Prayagraj. The proposal to change the name was floated by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and UP Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh a few months ago. As per some reports, banners for the 2019 Kumbh Mela mention the name of the city as Prayagraj instead of Allahabad so the renaming might just happen before the Mela begins on January 15 next year.

The move was, however, opposed by the Congress and Samajwadi Party. Congress spokesperson Onkar Singh had said the region where Kumbh Mela is held is already called Prayagraj. The state government can make that a separate city but Allahabad’s name should not be changed, he had added.

(With agency inputs)