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Ready to rename Ahmedabad as Karnavati: Gujarat govt

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad (Guj) 

Hours after Chief Minister announced the renaming of district as Ayodhya, the government Tuesday said it was keen on rechristening Ahmedabad as Karnavati, if there were no legal hurdles.

Speaking to reporters in Gandhinagar, said the government was willing to change Ahmedabad's name if it gets past the legal hurdles and receives required support.

"People are still having a feeling that Ahmedabad should be renamed as If we get required support to overcome the legal hurdles, we are always ready to change the name of the city," Patel told reporters when asked if the had a plan to rename India's only city having the 'World Heritage' tag.

Historically, the area around Ahmedabad has been inhabited since the 11th century, when it was known as Ashaval.

Chaulukya ruler Karna of Anhilwara (modern Patan) had waged a successful war against the Bhil of Ashaval and established a city called on the banks of the

in 1411 had laid the foundation of a new walled city near and named it Ahmedabad after the four saints in the area by the name Ahmed.

"We can think of changing the name at an appropriate time," Patel added.

Slamming the BJP government over the issue, state unit said the promise to rename Ahmedabad was just another "poll gimmick" by the ruling party.

"For the BJP, issues like construction of a Ram temple in and renaming Ahmedabad as Karnavati are the means to get votes of Hindus," said Doshi.

"BJP leaders dump such issues after coming to power. They only cheated Hindus all these years," he added.

Chief Minister on the eve of Diwali announced that district would henceforth be known as

"is a symbol of our 'aan, baan aur shaan' (honour, pride and prestige)," Adityanath said in Ayodhya.

The BJP government in the northern state had already renamed as Prayagraj.

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First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 22:15 IST
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