"Two days before the Constitution of India was accepted, the Government of India 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.
"I had mooted the proposal, to celebrate January 24 as UP Divas, to former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav 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 MP 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 Babasaheb. I showed them the specimen of the signature, made by Babasaheb himself, as a member of the drafting committee."
Naik said that the Yogi Adityanath government 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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