'We renamed Faizabad, Allahabad...': In Hyderabad to campaign for GHMC polls, Yogi Adityanath talks about renaming city

On Saturday, Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath said that if in BJP's rule Faizabad and Allahabad can be renamed, then they can rename Hyderabad too.

He was speaking in Hyderabad, Telangana at a roadshow as part of a campaign for the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) Elections 2020.

During the rally, he said "Some people were asking me if Hyderabad can be renamed as Bhagyanagar. I said - why not. I told them that we renamed Faizabad as Ayodhya & Allahabad as Prayagraj after BJP came into power in UP. Then why Hyderabad can't be renamed as Bhagyanagar?"

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In 2018, the Uttar Pradesh government had approved the renaming of Faizabad and Allahabad divisions as Ayodhya and Prayagraj respectively. The decision was taken at a meeting of the state cabinet presided over by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

Prayagraj division comprises Prayagraj, Kaushambi, Fatehpur and Pratapgarh districts, while Ayodhya division includes Ayodhya, Ambedkarnagar, Sultanpur, Amethi and Barabanki districts.

He added, "Under the guidance of PM Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah repealed Article 370, giving full freedom to the people of Hyderabad and Telangana to purchase land in Jammu and Kashmir."

Taking a jibe at the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen, Adityanath said, "In Bihar, a newly-elected MLA of AIMIM declined to utter word 'Hindustan' during oath-taking. They will live in Hindustan but when it comes to taking oath in the name of Hindustan, they hesitate. This shows the true face of AIMIM."

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