GANDHINAGAR: Gujrath Deputy CM Nithin Patel said that his government is considering renaming Ahmedabad as ‘Karnavati’, if the BJP manages to muster support from the people.
"People are still having a feeling that Ahmedabad should be renamed as Karnavati. If we get the required support to overcome the legal hurdles, we are always ready to change the name of the city. People of Ahmedabad like the name Karnavati "Patel told reporters.
Ahmedabad is India’s first and only city to have received the “World Heritage” tag by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.
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 A.D. 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 said
He also welcomed UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s move to rename Faizabad as Ayodhya.
Yesterday Yogi had announced, the Faizabad district comprises the twin towns of ‘Faizabad’ and ‘Ayodhya’ on the banks of the river Saryu, will be known as ‘Ayodhya’.
Earlier the name of Allahabad was in changed to Prayagraj by the UP government.
The Mughalsarai Railway station, another historic spot, was also renamed as Deen Dayal Upadhyaya junction earlier this year.
With inputs from ANI