Congress opposes renaming of Allahabad to Prayagraj
Indian National Congress claimed that the name changing of Allahabad would affect the history since the days of independence Allahabad played a significant role.
On Sunday, Congress severely opposed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s announcement to soon rename Allahabad as “Prayagraj”.
Congress spokesperson Onkar Singh said that the region where Kumbh Mela takes place is already called Prayagraj.
If the government was so eager, they can make it as a separate city. But Allahabad’s name should not be changed.
It would affect the history, the place Allahabad played a significant role since the days of independence.
Onkar Singh further said, “During Gandhi-era and fight for independence, Allahabad has been a centre for inspiration. In 1888, 1892 and then in 1910, Congress Mahaadhiveshans took place here, which gave shape to the freedom movement. The city gave the country its first Prime Minister. Moreover, the Allahabad University would lose its identity as it would also be named Prayagraj University.”
On the other hand, BJP welcomed the announcement and congratulated the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for removing “Akbar ki Nishani” and giving the city its “old age identity” as Prayagraj.
BJP spokesperson Manoj Mishra said, “The announcement which has come keeping in mind the sentiments of lakhs and crores of people of the state is welcome.”
To remove the sign of Akbar and given a historical name is good, he added.
On Saturday Uttara Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that the name will be changed soon as “Prayagraj”.
He also got approval sign from Governor Ram Naik for the name changing proposal.