Looking at it from legal angles: Rupani on Ahmedabad name change

GANDHINAGAR: Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Thursday said that the state government will take concrete steps on the name change of Ahmedabad to Karnavati after assessing "legal and all other angles."

"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 said.

Rupani's statement comes after Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel earlier said that his government is considering renaming Ahmedabad as 'Karnavati' if the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) manages to muster support from the people.

"Since a long time, there has been a demand to change the name of Ahmedabad and name it to Karnavati. If we get to support people to support the legal process we are ready to change the name of the city. People of Ahmedabad like the name Karnavati. Whenever the time is appropriate we will change the name," Patel had said.

The Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister also welcomed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's move to rename Faizabad as Ayodhya.

Names of a number of Indian cities and railway stations have been changed in the recent past.

Apart from renaming Faizabad as Ayodhya, the Uttar Pradesh government also changed the name of Allahabad to Prayagraj saying the name holds great significance to India.

In addition, the Mughalsarai Railway Station was renamed as Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Junction earlier in the year.

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