The Gujarat government on Tuesday said it was keen on renaming Ahmedabad as Karnavati, if there were no legal hurdles.
Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel said that the Bharatiya Janata Party governmnet in Gujarat is willing to rename Ahmedabad as Karnavati, if there were no legal hurdles.
This comes after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced the renaming of Faizabad district as Ayodhya,Patel told to reporters in Gandhinagar that the BJP government was willing to change Ahmedabad’s name .
“People are still having a feeling that Ahmedabad should be renamed as Karnavati. If we get required support to overcome the legal hurdles, we are always ready to change the name of the city,” Patel said.
State unit Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi slammed Gujarat government and said 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,”he added.
Historically, 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.