Yogi government to change name of Aligarh

Debjit Mukherjee: After Allahabad, another prominent city in Uttar Pradesh may be staring at a name change. The Aligarh Municipal Corporation has unanimously passed a proposal to change the city’s name to Harigarh. The proposal was presented by Mayor Prashant Singhal in a meeting yesterday and was supported by all councillors.

If the Uttar Pradesh government greenlights the proposal to rename Aligarh, it will add to the growing tally of places renamed in the BJP-ruled state. One of the most high-profile recent examples is the renaming of Allahabad to Prayagraj in January 2019.

“In a meeting yesterday, a proposal was presented to change the name of Aligarh to Harigarh. All councillors unanimously supported this. Now, this proposal will be sent to the administration. I hope that the administration will take cognizance of this and fulfill our demand to change the name of Aligarh to Harigarh…This demand has been being raised for a long time,” Aligarh mayor Prashant Singhal said