Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had recently changed the names of Allahabad to Prayagraj. On Diwali, Faizabad changed to Ayodhya. Now the demands are coming from Agra to change it to ‘Agravan’.
BJP MLA from Agra writes a letter to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to change the name of Agra to ‘Agravan’. According to Hindustan Times, the 66-year-old MLA stated that ‘Agra’ has no specific meaning.
Jagan Prasad Garg, the BJP MLA from Agra, says there were many forests and Agarwal in Agra. Therefore, the city’s name should be changed to ‘Agravan’.
The MLA said I’ll meet CM and seek for a name change of Agra to Agravan. He said adding that the population of the Vaish community, which follows Maharaja Agrasen in Agra, is about 10 lakh and the city has maximum Agarwals.
According to Hindustan Times, The MLA while addressing to media said that :
“The region was initially known as Agravan and finds such a mention in the Mahabharat. But in the course of time, the city was named as Akbarabad. Later, it became ‘Agra’, which has no specific meaning and thus its name should be revived to Agravan,”
The demand is among several made by BJP and other right-wing leaders to rename cities bearing connection to erstwhile Muslim rulers. The list includes Gujarat’s Ahmedabad, Telangana’s Hyderabad, UP’s Aligarh and Muzaffarnagar, and Maharashtra’s Aurangabad and Osmanabad.