Sultanpur: Sultanpur City Council Chairman Babita Jaiswal said the government of Uttar Pradesh is preparing to rename the district of Sultanpur to Kush Bhavanpur after the son of Hindu deity Ram, Kush.
“A proposal to this effect was adopted at a council meeting on January 6, 2018 and was sent to the government,” Jaiswal said.
This is the latest for the governments of the Bharatiya Janata Party (and Central and Uttar Pradesh) to rename places, especially those with names bearing signs of Mughal rule in India.
In 2018, the Uttar Pradesh cabinet approved a proposal to rename Allahabad “Prayagraj”. Two weeks later, Adityanath announced that Faizabad district will be known as Ayodhya. In the same year, Mughalsarai station was renamed in honor of RSS ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhayaya.
A memorandum to change the name of the district was handed to Chief Minister Adityanath during his visit about three months ago and he had assured it would be done soon, Jaiswal said.
Vijay Singh Raghuvanshi, media manager for BJP MP for Sultanpur, Maneka Gandhi, said locals handed him a letter, asking for the name change from Sultanpur to Kush Bhavanpur. “She met with the CM regarding the request. The tax administration has also given the green light for the same, ”he said.
Sultanpur is adjacent to Ayodhya. It is believed to have been the capital of Dakshin Kosala during the Ramayana period.
Mythology goes that Ram “gave” Dakshin Kosala to his eldest son Kush, who established a new capital on the banks of Gomti, known as Kush Bhavanpur.
“The geographic repertoire and religious texts also refer to it,” Raghuvanshi said, saying Alauddin Khilji had named him Sultanpur.
Last year, an official from BJP’s Uttar Pradesh unit sought to change the name of the district from Ghazipur (in eastern Uttar Pradesh) to Gaadhipuri.
In 2018 alone, the Union government consented to the renaming of at least 25 towns and villages across India.
(With PTI inputs)