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Renaming Ahmedabad being considered, says CM; Dy CM says name is "symbol of slavery"

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

The government said Thursday that it was considering renaming as

Speaking to reporters in state capital Gandhinagar, said the name change could be effected before the Lok Sabha elections.

Rupani's statement comes days after the BJP government in announced renaming of and as Prayagraj and Ayodhya, respectively.

"People have been demanding for long that be renamed as The government is considering this demand. Consultation process has been started (to find out) if legally we can do it. After consultations we will take a concrete step," the said.

Asked if it could happen before Lok Sabha elections or after, he said, "Before the elections."

Deputy said the name is a "symbol of slavery" and needs to be changed.

"We have started the process of getting legal and other approvals like the nod of the Centre," Patel said.

"The name (Ahmedabad) is a symbol of our slavery, while the name represents our pride, our self-respect, our culture, our autonomy," he said.

On Tuesday, the day Chief Minister announced renaming of as Ayodhya, Patel had said the BJP-ruled too can change the name of Ahmedabad to Karnavati "if everything falls in place".

said she will seek "guidance" from the government before bringing a resolution for renaming the city.

"Certainly the demand to change the name of the city is there. But we will take guidance from the state as well as the of the BJP for bringing any such resolution in the (AMC)," Patel said.

As per the AMC website, Karandev I, a Solanki clan ruler, established the city of Karnavati on the banks of in 11th century after defeating Bhil Ashapall.

was conquered by the Sultanate of at the end of thirteenth century, and in 1411 Ahmed Shah, who had rebelled against his overlords in Delhi, founded Ahmedabad next to the old city of or Karnavati, says the website.

conquered the province of Gujarat in 1573. The Mughal rule ended in 1753 when the armies of Maratha generals -- Raghunath Rao and Damaji Gaeakwad -- took over Ahmedabad.

In 1818, the city came under the rule of the Company.

The BJP and other saffron outfits have demanded renaming Ahmedabad as Karnavati in the past as well.

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First Published: Thu, November 08 2018. 18:15 IST