Has Yogi Adityanath Equated ‘Allahabad Name’ with Evil Mythological Characters?

Yogi Adityanath

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath continues with his controversial statements and this time he has spoken about the name change justification from Allahabad to Prayagraj.

On Sunday, Yogi was attending an event in Uttar Pradesh where he claimed that several people were questioning the state government’s move to rename ‘Allahabad’. He addressed this constant query raised by many saying that names held meaning in our society and thus it was important to rename Allahabad.

The chief minister of Uttar Pradesh also mocked and asked as to why people were not named after ‘Ravan’ or Duryodhan’ – who represented the villainous characters from Hindu mythological texts. He further claimed that a majority of names in India were related to Lord Ram and thus they became predominantly important in society.

The Uttar Pradesh cabinet had cleared a proposal last month to officially rename the city of Allahabad to Prayagraj. The move was opposed by most political parties including Congress and the Samajwadi Party. The opposition accused and termed this as a poll ploy trying to gain votes on basis of communal agenda and divide.





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Earlier, CM Adityanath had said that Allahabad which was being renamed as Prayagraj was a place of confluence of three Holy rivers namely the Saraswati, Yamuna, and Ganga, hence the name Prayagraj. He also said the name Allahabad was given 500 years ago in the Mughal Era and only people who had zero understanding of the history and traditions would question the move.

He had also linked the renaming initiative as a payback to people’s emotions and feelings for the city.

This comment from the state CM has infuriated many who have expressed their angst through tweets. Many online users said that the CM himself has changed his name (from Ajay Singh Bisht to Yogi Adityanath) and thus he could never name anything correctly.

Such inflammatory comments made by the head of a state may earn him applauds from a certain section he is aiming to please, however, does that that not hamper the social and democratic ethos of our society? The BJP claimed absolute majority in the state of Uttar Pradesh in March 2017 and the choice of making a religious entity as CM has always been questioned and criticised widely.





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