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Allahabad is now Prayagraj: Yogi Adityanath govt officially renames Uttar Pradesh city

Lucknow: Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government has renamed Allahabad as Prayagraj right before next year's Kumbh Mela. Uttar Pradesh Cabinet passes a resolution to rename Allahabad on Tuesday.

The Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in the state had earlier changed the name of Mughalsarai Junction as Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Junction. Also, Mughalsarai was made Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyay Nagar. The places have been named after RSS ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyay.

The new name 'Prayagraj' is said to be a tribute to the city as sees the convergence of two major rivers, the Ganga and the Yamuna.

According to Yogi Adityanath, 'The confluence of two rivers is a 'prayag', and in Allahabad three rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati meet. Hence, it is the king of 'prayags'. That is why it is 'Prayagraj'.'

Last year, seers of different akharas had met CM Yogi in Lucknow and had urged him to change the name of Allahabad as Prayagraj ahead of the 2019 Ardh Kumbh fair to be held in the holy city.

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Monday accused that the government's proposed move messing around with 'tradition and faith'.

He tweeted: 'Raja Harshavardhana had named 'Prayag Kumbh' from his charity and today's ruler would like to show his work by renaming only 'Parayagaraj'. They have also been renamed 'Kumbha' to 'Kumbh'. These are messing with tradition and faith.'

Congress leader Onkar Singh said if the government wanted, it could make Prayagraj a separate city without any name-change

Prayag was the original name of Allahabad, one of the oldest cities of UP. It was named 'Illahabad' or 'abode of God' by Mughal emperor Akbar in 1575.

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