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Allahabad is now Prayagraj, SP says awaiting real work

The Uttar Pradesh cabinet on Tuesday approved the proposal to rename Allahabad as ‘Prayagraj’ amid protests by the opposition parties.

india Updated: Oct 16, 2018 23:44 IST
Umesh Raghuvanshi
Umesh Raghuvanshi
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
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Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s announcement of changing the name of Allahabad to Prayagraj has drawn protests from the Congress and the Samajwadi Party(HT file photo)

Ahead of Kumbh Mela-2019, the Uttar Pradesh cabinet on Tuesday approved a proposal to rename Allahabad as ‘Prayagraj’ amid protests by the opposition parties.

Briefing mediapersons about the state cabinet’s decisions, UP minister for medical and health and government spokesman Sidharth Nath Singh said, “Allahabad will be known as Prayagraj from today. We will take this process ahead and write to the central institutions to change their names. These institutions include Allahabad University, Allahabad high court and Allahabad railway station.”

Chief minister Yogi Adityanath presided over the cabinet meeting that cleared the proposal for renaming of Allahabad.

Singh, who himself has been raising the issue and writing to governor Ram Naik in this connection, said various organisations and local people had been demanding that the name of Allahabad be changed to Prayagraj.

He said the CM had moved a proposal at the meeting of Kumbh Mela Margdarshak Mandal held in Sangam city on Sunday.

“A number of saints raised the demand for renaming of Allahabad. Governor Ram Naik and chief justice of the Allahabad high court justice DB Bhosale had also attended the Kumbh Mela Marg Darshak Mandal meeting,” he said.

“Allahabad was known as Prayagraj about 500 years ago. We are restoring its name now,” said Singh.

Replying to a question, Singh said Allahabad was the most important of 14 Prayags in India.

Meanwhile, the Yogi government’s move triggered a fresh round of politics with the opposition parties taking strong exception to the decision.

Hours after the decision, Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav expressed his opposition, saying, “BJP must learn to differentiate between ‘naam aur kaam (name and work)’. When will BJP end the politics of name change? It is already over a year-and-a-half, when will the BJP government in the state will begin working? When will development become part of politics? BJP must reply all these questions. People won’t benefit by the daily talks about cow-dung or brooms. BJP’s government has exhausted four-and-a-half years at the Centre and one-and-a-half year in UP. BJP is the failed political party.”

First Published: Oct 16, 2018 12:21 IST