Ground Report | New Delhi: Aligarh will be renamed to Harigarh; Aligarh will now be renamed as Harigarh and Mainpuri as Mayan Nagar after resolutions were passed by the respective district panchayats to ‘restore’ the old names of these districts in Uttar Pradesh. Both the resolutions were passed by majority vote in the first meeting of the Zilla Panchayat members in each district.
According to the reports, the district panchayat meeting was held on Monday. In this, under the chairmanship of newly appointed president Vijay Singh, in the presence of all the members in the premises of Vikas Bhavan hall, the proposal to change the name of Aligarh district to Harigarh was approved.
The district panchayats are headed by BJP-affiliated presidents, who were elected amid incidents of large-scale violence last month.
The Aligarh district panchayat is headed by Vijay Singh, wife of BJP Braj province vice president Sheoraj Singh, who presided over the meeting, where the resolution to rename Aligarh to Harigarh was passed by a majority vote. Leaders of the ruling party said the idea is to restore the original name of the district which was named after Swami Haridas.
Aligarh will be renamed to Harigarh
In a similar exercise in Mainpuri, the newly elected district panchayat chief Archana Bhadauria presided over the first meeting of Mainpuri district panchayat members, who unanimously passed a resolution to rename Mainpuri as Maya Nagar in the name of Maya Rishi.
Although members of the Samajwadi Party opposed the move, the resolution was passed by 19 votes against 11. Both the proposals have been sent to the government for consideration before the state assembly.
The move exemplifies the change of name of Muslim cities in Uttar Pradesh to Hindi lexicons so far. Earlier, Allahabad was renamed as Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Nagar from Prayagraj, Faizabad to Ayodhya, Mughalsarai in 2018.