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Yogi govt renames Faizabad district as Ayodhya, gets everyone talking online

The decision to rename Faizabad district as Adyodhya comes just after three weeks, the BJP-led government changed the name of Allahabad to Prayagraj.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi |
November 6, 2018 9:45:27 pm
faizabad, ayodhya, yogi adityanath, faizabad name change, uttar pradesh places name change, ayodhya diwali celebrations, ayodhya deepotsav, india news, UP news, indian express Ayodhya: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath performs ‘arti’ of the aristises dressed as Lord Ram, Sita and Laxman after their arrival for the Deepotsav, grand Diwali celebrations, at Ram Katha Park in Ayodhya. (Source: PTI)

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday announced that Faizabad district will now be known as Ayodhya, while speaking at ‘Deepotsav’, a special event hosted on Diwali eve in the pilgrim town of Ayodhya. The move came just after three weeks, the BJP-led government changed the name of Allahabad to Prayagraj. Earlier, the Yogi government had also changed the name of Mughalsarai Junction to Pt Deen Dhayal Upadhyay junction.

“Ayodhya is a symbol of our ‘aan, baan aur shaan’ (honour, pride and prestige)” the chief minister said while making the announcement. Additionally, CM Adityanath announced setting up of a medical college in the name of King Dashrath, father of Lord Ram, in the district and an airport which will be named after Ram. “Nobody can do injustice to Ayodhya,” he said during his speech where earlier it was expected that the CM would announce a Ram statute project.

The announcement got everyone talking on social media, with #Faizabad dominating India trends on Twitter. While some dubbed it as a ‘timely Diwali gifts’ and welcomed the moved, most remained confused and miffed. While a few users asked why the state government was on a name-changing spree, others asked how would it bring in development. Sample these:

South Korean First Lady Kim Jung-sook also participated in the Deepotsav and arrived in Ayodhya to also lay foundation stone for a park built in tribute for Queen Heo Hwang-ok. According to Korean legend, the Princess of Ayodhya went to Korea in 48 AD and married King Kim-Suro.

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