Impressed by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's efforts for development of Uttar Pradesh, natives of a village in Bihar's Purnia, a predominantly Muslim-dominated district, now want it to be renamed after him.
Locals of Kelabari Phulwaria village, which falls under the Kasba block in Purnia, have been so impressed with the work started by Yogi Adityanath in UP that they have decided to rename their village after him.
The move is a significant one given that the district has more than 37 per cent Muslim population and is part of the Seemanchal belt, which comprises three other districts of Kishanganj, Araria and Katihar -- all having a sizeable Muslim presence.
WANT OUR REGION TO DEVELOP: BIHAR VILLAGERS
"We have decided to rename our village after the new Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister as he is doing a lot of good work for the development of the state. Similarly, we want our region to also develop", said Rajiv Srivastava, a social worker.
Recently, a "bhoomi pujan" was held in the village for the construction of a new temple. Following that, a proposal was mooted to rename the village. The locals present there unanimously accorded their assent to the proposal by chanting pro-Yogi slogans.
"Adityanath has been doing good work in Uttar Pradesh and renaming our village after him will be a good move", said Shiv Shankar Kumar, who has donated land for the construction of the temple.
The villagers have carried out a signature campaign for the name change and intend to send it to senior officials in the district, including the Circle Officer, Block Development Officer and District Magistrate to begin this process. However, no government officer is willing to speak on this contentious issue.