Yogi government nod to change Allahabad to Prayagraj

Three days after UP CM Yogi Adityanath hinted that the name of Allahabad will be changed to Prayagraj, the state cabinet gave its nod to the proposal.

Allahabad will be the second city after Mughalsarai to be renamed by the BJP-led government in the state. MLA from Allahabad West and government spokesperson Sidharth Nath Singh announced that the new name would be used to promote Indian culture on an international scale and also for the promotion of Kumbh, scheduled to start in January 2019. He also indicated that Allahabad high court and Allahabad University were likely to follow suit. The government, earlier criticised for changing the name of Mughalsarai to Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Nagar on the name of the RSS ideologue, said that those opposing the move should explain whether the original name of the city should be used or a new one.

The CM, who had said last week that the government would consider a change in name for Allahabad, had participated in the Margdarshak Mandal meeting for Kumbh recently where he received this proposal from seers.

“Prayag means a confluence of two rivers. Here, we have a confluence of three rivers, Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. Therefore, its name should be Prayagraj,” he had said.

The city was named Ilahabad by Mughal emperor Akbar, who is said to have built a fort near the Ganga in the city, in the 16th century. It was subsequently renamed Allahabad by his grandson.

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