MeraNews Network, Ahmedabad: It is not a hidden fact that many in Ahmedabad want the city to be renamed Karnavati to bring back the lost glory of the city. Another well-known fact is that the present government of Gujarat is also willing to go ahead with the name change, something that was also a part of the poll promises which brought them to power. The deputy chief minister of Gujarat Nitin Patel on Tuesday suggested that they could change the name of the city given it could get past the several legal hurdles for the same.
This comes in the wake of the recent name changes of the cities of Allahabad and Faizabad in Uttar Pradesh. The Yogi Adityanath government first changed the name of Allahabad as Prayagraj some days back, and on Tuesday announced that Faizabad will now be called as Ayodhya.
Congratulating the UP government for changing the name of the cities back to its old ones, Gujarat Dy CM Nitin Patel, in response to a question by a journalist in Gandhinagar said, "Since long, there's been a demand to change the name of Ahmedabad and rename it as Karnavati. If we get people's support for the legal process, we're ready to change its name. People of Ahmedabad like the name Karnavati. Whenever time is appropriate we'll change it"
For any official name change of cities or public places, the Union government must approve the proposal for the same after it gets consent from the state government in question along with no-objection certificates from Survey of India, Ministry of Railways, Department of Posts, Ministry of Science and Technology and Intelligence Bureau.
The BJP governments across the country has been facing criticism from the opposition and several liberal thinkers for its attempt to saffronize and push the agenda of Hindutva and an idea of Hindu-Rashtra amongst people with the name change of several public places and cities named after former Muslim or Mughal rulers and nobles to Indian names like Allahabad became Prayagraj, Faizabad became Ayodhya and Mughalsarai junction to Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya junction.