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Gujarat CM for renaming Ahmedabad as Karnavati

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has re-opened the issue of renaming Ahmedabad as 'Karnavati', days after his counterpart renamed as Prayagraj and mooted the idea of changing to

Soon after offering 'darshan' at the on new year on Thursday, Rupani said his government was committed to rename Ahmedabad as The task would be accomplished and the renaming would happen before the 2019

The said all legal hurdles would be tackled for this purpose as "millions of Hindus in Ahmedabad and most parts of wished" that the city was renamed as

The BJP has been using this name in all its official functions, events and publicity paraphernalia.

"My government is committed to the cause and we will ensure the the process is completed ahead of the Lok Sabha elections," he told reporters.

In 2002 the with party veteran as the had rejected a 1990 proposal of the then BJP-ruled to rename Ahmedabad as

Later, the subsequent Congress-ruled local civic body overturned the proposal and retained the original name.

The asserted that Rupani's idea to re-open the renaming issue was provoked by political motivation.

"The is under the BJP without a break for the last 13 years, the for more than two decades and the Centre for the last four and a half years.

"Why was this not initiated all these years and being brought up again, just when the Lok Sabha elections are around the corner?" former state asked.

He asserted that the ruling BJP wanted to distract the distract public attention from the failures of the across all spheres and keep people bogged down in non-issues.

The BJP, meanwhile, stated that "Karnavati" was Ahmedabad's original ancient after who had set up his kingdom here in 12th century. had conquered it in 1411 and the city was renamed after him as Ahmedabad.

A said, "The people of Ahmedabad have already embraced Karnavati, it is only a matter of legal process to be completed. It should be noted that this has nothing to do with the 2019 elections."



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First Published: Fri, November 09 2018. 19:18 IST