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Allahabad all set to get new name

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Allahabad is set to get a new name with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath accepting the demand of Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad to rechristen the city as Prayagraj. Yogi also assured saints to take action against fake godmen. The Chief Minister had an hour-long meeting with members of Akhara Parishad in Lucknow on Tuesday. Around 26 saints representing 13 akharas of the country were present during the meeting. The meeting assumes importance as it came at the backdrop of Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad releasing a list of fake sadhus.

President of Akhara Parishad Mahant Narendra Giri told reporters that Yogi Adityanath accepted the proposal of saints to rename Allahabad as Prayagraj.

Allahabad was renamed in 1580 by Mughal emperor Akbar from Prayag as he maintained that it was a place of Allah (God) and hence it be known as Allah-bad. “The wrong that the Mughal emperor did should be corrected. We expect that the Chief Minister will issue orders towards changing the name of Allahabad to Prayagraj,” Giri said.

In 2001, then Chief Minister Rajnath Singh and Governor Vishnu Kant Shastri were also in favour of changing the name change of Allahabad to Prayagraj but the promise remained unfulfilled. Former Union minister Kalraj Mishra was the state BJP president at that time.

Though Yogi’s meeting with the Akhara Parishad on Tuesday was held in view of preparation for the coming Ardh Kumbh Mela in Allahabad in early 2019, the Parishad members also raised the issue of fake godmen who were giving a bad name to Hindu religion. “The CM assured us that he would take stern steps against these fake ‘babas’ and promised that no facility will be provided to them during the next Ardh Kumbh Mela at Allahabad,” Mahant Giri said. The Akhara Parishad announced that they would boycott 14 fake saints and appealed to the masses not to get attached with them.

Meanwhile, reaction have started pouring in against the Akhara Parishad for declaring 14 godmen, including Gurmeet Ram Rahim, Asaram Bapu, Radhe Maa, as fake.

However, one of these fake babas Kush Muni’s disciple Jyoti Giri shot off a notice to Akhara Parishad challenging its decision. In the notice, Giri said that the Akhara Parishad had no authority to take such a decision and labelled its order as ‘fake’.




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