News Desk: The UP government has renamed the well-known Mughal Road in Agra. It will now be called Maharaja Agrasen Road.
The city’s mayor, Naveen Jain, justified the rechristening of Mughal Road and said that “the demand came from residents of Kamla Nagar, a majority of whom are followers of Maharaja Agrasen”. Legend has it that Agrasen was the king of Agroha, a city of traders in ancient times. He was a descendant of Kush, the son of Lord Ram.
Earlier, the name of Sultanganj Ki Pulia was changed to Vikal Chowk, after the late Satyaprakash Vikal, a BJP leader and the five-time MLA from Agra East, these days called Agra North.
This came even as the state’s deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya announced on Friday that Ramghat Marg in Aligarh will now be known as Ramghat Kalyan Marg in memory of former Rajasthan governor and former UP CM Kalyan Singh. Maurya described Singh as a “devout devotee of Lord Ram”.
He added that the state government has announced plans to rename important roads in several districts in the name of ‘Babu ji’ Kalyan Singh.
Addressing a public meeting in Aligarh, Maurya said “opposition leaders including Akhilesh Yadav, Priyanka Gandhi, her brother Rahul and Owaisi will chant slogans of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and ‘Bharat mata ki jai’ after we come to power again in UP in 2022”.
Maurya said that with the opening of the defence corridor in Aligarh, the district has got an opportunity to develop into a major hub for production of high-tech and precision defence equipment. “Missiles manufactured in Aligarh will be used in Islamabad if Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan encourages terror factories” he said.