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Will look at Ahmedabad name change to Karnavati from legal, other angles: Gujarat CM

SNS | New Delhi |

A day after Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel revealed the state government’s intention of renaming Ahmedabad to Karnavati, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said his government would “think about it in the time to come”.

“We are contemplating changing the name of Ahmedabad to Karnavati, the talks of which have been going on since a long time. Concrete steps will be taken after looking at it from legal and all other angles. We will think about it in the time to come,” Rupani told reporters on Thursday.

On Wednesday, Patel had said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in the state was keen on renaming the historic city of Ahmedabad as Karnavati if there were no legal hurdles.

His comment came only hours after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath renamed Faizabad district to Ayodhya.

“People are still having a feeling that Ahmedabad should be renamed as Karnavati. If we get required support to overcome the legal hurdles, we are always ready to change the name of the city,” Patel told reporters when asked if the state government had a plan to rename India’s only city having the ‘World Heritage’ tag.

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Historically, the area around Ahmedabad has been inhabited since the 11th century, when it was known as Ashaval.

Chaulukya ruler Karna of Anhilwara (modern Patan) had waged a successful war against the Bhil king of Ashaval and established a city called Karnavati on the banks of the Sabarmati river.

Sultan Ahmed Shah in 1411 AD had laid the foundation of a new walled city near Karnavati and named it Ahmedabad after the four saints in the area by the name Ahmed.

“We can think of changing the name at an appropriate time,” Patel added.

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Slamming the BJP government over the issue, state unit Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi said the promise to rename Ahmedabad was just another “poll gimmick” by the ruling party.

“For the BJP, issues like construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya and renaming Ahmedabad as Karnavati are the means to get votes of Hindus,” said Doshi.

“BJP leaders dump such issues after coming to power. They only cheated Hindus all these years,” he added.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on the eve of Diwali renamed Faizabad district to Ayodhya. This is the second time in less than a month that Adityanath changed the name of a major place in his state.

“Ayodhya is a symbol of our ‘aan, baan aur shaan’ (honour, pride and prestige),” Yogi Adityanath said in Ayodhya.

On 16 October, the Uttar Pradesh cabinet had approved a proposal to rename Allahabad as Prayagraj. The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting presided over by the Chief Minister.

The city was renamed Allahabad by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. Before him, Akbar had built a fort near the confluence of the Ganga and the Yamuna which was called Ilahabad. Till before the UP government’s decision, only the site of the Sangam area was called Prayag.