The historic city of Allahabad will be renamed ‘Prayagraj’, a spokesperson of Uttar Pradesh government announced on Tuesday, 16 October.
The announcement comes after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, in May, accepted a proposal by Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad of renaming the city Prayag ie confluence of two rivers.
The renaming process will start by initially changing the name in central government-controlled institutions like the Railways, Allahabad University and the Allahabad High Court.
While the Opposition condemned the move, tweeple came up with mixed reactions.
Modi Ji : Rupee is falling continuously, what should we do to fix it?— Siona Gogoi (@AtomicBlow) October 15, 2018
Yogi : Rupee Ka naam badal kar Kuwaiti Dinar rakh do#Prayagraj
can I changed my name to Neeta Ambani?— Main Hoon Na (@neo_pac) October 16, 2018
will that make me a billionare ?
I was born an Allahabadi.And will die an Allahabadi. #Prayagraj train thi aur train hi rahegi.— Shreyansh Shrivastav (@shreyansh309) October 16, 2018
Apart from scoring political brownie points, let us not forget that changing names of cities leads to massive (unnecessary) expenses.— Meghnad (@Memeghnad) October 16, 2018
Just think of the signboards on highways which currently read Allahabad that'll need to be changed to #Prayagraj.
Promised - Kashi will be transformed into a smart city like Kyoto.— Shama Mohamed (@drshamamohd) October 16, 2018
Delivered - Mughalsarai to Deen Dayal Upadhyaya station, Allahabad to #Prayagraj!
Why not also change the name of Rajdhani Express to Bullet Train, since 'vikas' is all about name changes for #Modi Sarkar?
‘Restoring, Not Renaming’
Some people also supported the move and called this a ‘restoration’ and assertion of past heritage and culture.
#Prayagraj— Arun (@arun2twitt) October 16, 2018
I don't understand why so-called modern society has problem to connect with our own culture.
The name Prayaraj change by Akbar, a intruder and devil.
We should change the name to all cities so we try to related with our golden era.
I welcome the decision of #Allahabad to be renamed #Prayagraj soon.Prayagraj is the ancient name of Allahabad & it was changed in 1575. So it’s a restoration & not a rename. Prayagraj is also known as Triveni Sangam— Totlani Krishan (@kktotlani) October 16, 2018
because of the confluence of 3 rivers. Well done UP Govt ???
#Prayagraj its good work by the Up cm. This will help in preserving our culture & heritage & mostly irk some pseudo secular in our country— kailash ku. padhi (@kailashpadhi23) October 16, 2018
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