Close on the heels of the Uttar Pradesh government’s decision to rename Allahabad and Faizabad as Prayagaraj and Ayodhya, the Shiv Sena on Thursday mounted pressure on Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and asked when will the state government rename Aurangabad and Osmanabad.
Taking a jibe at the chief minister, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut posted on Twitter, “Yogi Adityanath has renamed Allahabad and Faizabad to Pragyaraj and Ayodhya. When will CM Devendra Fadnavis rename Aurangabad to Sambhaji Nagar and Osmanabad to Dharashiv Nagar?”
योगी अदितयनाथ यांनी फैजाबादचे अयोध्या केले. अलाहाबादचे प्रयाग तिर्थ केले. मुख्यमंत्री देवेंद्रजी औरंगाबादचे संभाजी नगर आणि उस्मानाबादचे धाराशीव कधी करणार?
— Sanjay Raut (@rautsanjay61) November 7, 2018
The demand to rename places across states has gained momentum ever since the Yogi Adityanath-led government renamed Allahabad as Prayagaraj and Faizabad as Ayodhya. Taking a cue from the UP government, the Gujarat government has expressed its interest in renaming Ahmedabad as Karnavati. Speaking to reporters, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani today said the Gujarat government is looking into the legal aspects to take concrete steps in renaming Ahmedabad as Karnavati. “We are contemplating changing the name of Ahmedabad to Karnavati, the talks of which have been going on since a long time. Concrete steps will be taken after looking at it from legal and all other angles. We will think about it in the time to come,” Rupani told news agency ANI after offering prayers at Panchdev temple in Gandhinagar on the occasion of Gujarati New Year.
The BJP-led government in Himachal Pradesh, on the other hand, is considering a proposal to rename the popular hill station to ‘Shyamala’, PTI had reported. The city purportedly derives its name from Shyamala Devi, an avatar of goddess Kali, but was changed by the Britishers to Shimla.
Meanwhile, the Mamata Banerjee government’s move to rename West Bengal as “Bangla” hit a roadblock after the Union Home Ministry wrote to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), sharing concerns that the new name may sound like Bangladesh, and it would be difficult to differentiate the two at international forums, officials said.