Ahmedabad: The Gujarat government said on Thursday that it was considering renaming Ahmedabad as Karnavati.
Speaking to reporters in state capital Gandhinagar, chief minister Vijay Rupani said the name change could be effected before the Lok Sabha elections.
Mr Rupaniâs statement comes days after the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh announced renaming of Allahabad and Faizabad as PrayagrajÂ and Ayodhya, respectively.
âPeople have been demanding for long that Ahmedabad be renamed as Karnavati. 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,â the chief minister said.
Asked if it could happen before Lok Sabha elections or after, he said, âBefore the elections.â
Deputy chief minister Nitin Patel said the name Ahmedabad is a âsymbol of slaveryâ and needs to be changed.
âWe have started the process of getting legal and other approvals like the nod of the Centre,â Mr Patel said. âThe name (Ahmedabad) is a symbol of our slavery, while the name Karnavati represents our pride, our self-respect, our culture, our autonomy,â he said.
On Tuesday, the day Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath announced renaming of Faizabad as Ayodhya, Patel had said the BJP-ruled Gujarat too can change the name of Ahmedabad to Karnavati âif everything falls in placeâ. Mayor Bijal Patel said she will seek âguidanceâ from the government before bringing a resolution for renaming the city. âCertainly, the demand to change the name of the city is there,â Patel said.