Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi 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.
A few days after Allahabad and Faizabad were renamed as Prayagraj and Ayodhya, respectively, more demands have been coming from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). On Friday, BJP lawmaker Jagan Prasad Garg demanded the renaming of Agra as either Agravan or Agraval.
Putting forth his arguments over the demands, Garg, who represents Agra North constituency in the state, said, “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.”
While Garg demanded the rechristening of Agra, 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.
“There will be changes (in the name of) of many other cities in the state,” he said while adding that Muzaffarnagar, which was named after Nawab Muzaffar Ali, will be changed to Laxminagar soon. “We are only trying to restore the lost culture,” he said. He said the government was trying to correct the “distortion done by the Mughal rulers who plundered the country and harmed the Hindus”.