Allahabad, May 24: The BJP-led Uttar Pradesh government likely to rechristen Allahabad as Prayagraj and a decision in this regard could be taken ahead of upcoming Kumbh Mela.
The city, if the decision is taken, will be named after Prayag, which is a famous holy place in Allahabad, where three main rivers flowing across the state namely Ganges, Yamuna, and Sarasvati meet.
Further, the place is also popular for hosting Kumbh Mela once in every 12 years.
Speaking to news agency ANI, UP deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya confirmed that for a long time the identity of Allahabad has been formed by Prayag and hence the state government has decided to change the city’s name to Prayagraj.
“The place (Allahabad) has always been recognized by its place Prayag since ages”, Maurya added.