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Maha to celebrate UP Foundation Day on Jan 24 next year: Naik

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Governor Ram today said that the government would celebrate the of the northern state here in January next year.

The move comes after day, which falls on May 1, was celebrated over a period of two days at Lucknow's

Speaking at a cultural function here, said that from January 24 next year, the government would be celebrating the of UP officially.

"I have spoken to (about this)," said today.

The northern state's is celebrated on January 24, as it was on this day, in 1950, that the United Provinces was renamed as

"Two days before the Constitution of was accepted, the issued a notification on January 24, 1950 by which United Provinces was renamed Uttar Pradesh, in the process preserving UP as the acronym. Therefore this date (January 24) was chosen," Naik said.

Naik was speaking at a function organised by an NGO, Abhiyan, which, incidentally, has been celebrating UP's Foundation Day here, albeit unofficially, for the past 29 years.

Naik informed that UP was not celebrating its own Foundation Day for all these years and his suggestion to former to organise them was also in vain.

"I had mooted the proposal, to celebrate January 24 as UP Divas, to former but he did nothing due to political compulsions. But when the Yogi government (Yogi Adityanath) came, I proposed it and he (Yogi) was quick to accept it," Naik, a former from North Mumbai, said.

Speaking on another issue, Naik said that it was necessary to use Dalit icon Bhimrao Ambedkar's full name in government records, as Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, since people were "unaware" of his "correct initials".

He said, "Due to inadequate information, people in UP were unaware about the correct initials of I showed them the specimen of the signature, made by himself, as a member of the drafting committee."

Naik said that the accepted it and made necessary changes, adding that the issue was, however, not taken well owing to "certain reasons".

The UP government, by an official order on March 28 this year, had decided to introduce 'Ramji' as the middle name of the Father of the Constitution in all official records and correspondence.

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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 20:00 IST