The Gujarat government is set to rename Ahmedabad as Karnavati, after the recent renaming spree by the BJP- led Uttar Pradesh government.

The government on Tuesday addressed its desire to rechristen Ahmedabad as Karnavati in Gandhinagar.

While congratulating the U.P. government for the name change, Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel said, “People’s feelings are there, and were there earlier also, to change the name to Karnavati. We are always ready to do that if we get enough support to overcome legal hurdles. Karnavati has been in use in numerous ways and people are used to it. People of Gujarat and people of Ahmedabad like the name. So, it can always be considered”

The development comes after the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government renamed Allahabad and Faizabad as Prayagaraj and Ayodhya, respectively.

However, Manish Doshi, state unit Congress spokesperson slammed the state government over the issue, saying that 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 Ayodhya 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.

Historically, Ahmedabad was named after the four saints in the area by the name Ahmed by Sultan Ahmed Shah in 1411 A.D. The foundation of a new walled city was laid near the ancient city of Karnavati. 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 king of Ashaval and established a city called Karnavati on the banks of the Sabarmati river.

During the Deepostav festival held in Ayodhya on Tuesday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath made the announcement of rechristening Faizabad as Sri Ayodhya. 

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