Uttar Pradesh government, today on 16 October changed the name of Allahabad city to Prayagraj. The decision comes after CM Yogi Adityanath, on Saturday 13 October announced that the city will be renamed to Prayagraj, ahead of the Kumbh Mela.
Speaking to reporters, Yogi had said:
“It might be the wish of many people that Allahabad be renamed as Prayagraj. I think that it will give a very good message. If everyone agrees, we should know this city as Prayag Raj and it can be a good start.”
The Chief Minister also said that Governor Ram Naik had given his consent to the proposal.
Reacting to the announcement, Congress spokesperson Onkar Singh said the government should make Prayagraj a new city, and let the name of Allahabad remain as is, reported .
Singh reportedly added that should the city’s name change, then the Allahabad University would also lose its identity.
Meanwhile, the BJP welcomed the announcement, stating that the name Prayagraj would give the city its “age-old identity”, and remove any signs of Akbar and the Mughals.
According to a report, BJP state spokesperson Manoj Mishra said:
“Akbar ki Nishani Ko mita kar pauranik naam dena shreyaskar hai. (To remove the sign of Akbar and give a historical name is good).”
The move to rename Allahabad comes after the state government renamed the Mughalsarai station as Pt Deen Dayal Upadhayaya Junction earlier this year.>