Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had on Saturday, 13 October, announced that Allahabad would be renamed ‘Prayagraj’ ahead of the Kumbh Mela, should a broad consensus be arrived at on the subject, reported ANI.
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 The Indian Express.
Singh reportedly added that should the city’s name change, then the Allahabad University would also lose its identity.
The Uttar Pradesh Congress has also registered its disapproval of the BJP led state government’s apparent move to rename Allahabad as ‘Prayagraj’
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 The Indian Express, BJP state spokesperson Manoj Mishra said: “Akbar ki Nishani Ko mita kar pauranik naam dena shreyaskar hai.
The move to rename Allahabad comes after the state government renamed the Mughalsarai station as Pt Deen Dayal Upadhayaya Junction earlier this year.