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 ABVP Demands Renaming Of Ahmedabad As 'Karnavati'; Congress Calls It A 'Propaganda' To Distract Youth

A proposal to launch the campaign to change Ahmedabad's name to 'Karnavati' was passed during a district-level students' convention organised by the ABVP here on Tuesday.

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Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, the student wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), has said it will launch a campaign to demand that Ahmedabad be renamed as 'Karnavati.'

A proposal to launch the campaign to change Ahmedabad's name to 'Karnavati' was passed during a district-level students' convention organised by the ABVP here on Tuesday.

"The proposal was passed by 5,000 students at a 'chhatra sammelan' (students' convention) organised here to rename Ahmedabad as Karnavati. We will submit a memorandum to the mamlatdar (revenue officer), collector, principals of colleges, and wherever we feel required to press for our demand," ABVP's Gujarat secretary Yuti Gajre told reporters.

The move comes nearly five years after the then Gujarat deputy chief minister Nitin Patel said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government was willing to change Ahmedabad's name to 'Karnavati' if it gets past the legal hurdles and receives required support.

How did the Opposition parties react?

Meanwhile, the Congress claimed the issue of renaming Ahmedabad was being brought up by the right-wing student organisation as a propaganda to distract the attention of youth from the more pressing issue of question paper leak which recently led to the cancellation of the panchayat junior clerk exam.

Youth Congress spokesperson Kapil Desai said such a "propaganda" was meant to distract the attention of students and youth from more relevant issues affecting them.

"The BJP is in power at every level, and if the ABVP is really serious about renaming Ahmedabad as Karnavati, then it would get it done without any difficulty, like (Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister) Yogi Adityanath does every now and then," Desai said.

The ABVP is not really serious about it and intends to use such a "gimmick" to distract the attention of youth from the more pressing issues plaguing them, he claimed. 

"The ABVP claims to represent students, but it has remained silent on the issue of question paper leak. The propaganda is meant to distract the attention from the issue," he said.

The proposal has also drawn flak from the Asaduddin Owaisi-led All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), with its state leader Danish Qureshi targeting the ruling BJP over the issue.

"There are many issues in the BJP's magic box which are not relevant but take the country and its people towards anarchy. They (BJP leaders) talk about the Uniform Civil Code, population control, and keep such non-relevant issues alive to hide their own failures," Qureshi claimed while talking to reporters.

 "Changing a name does not change anything, but works to dilute the issues by creating an anarchic situation. I believe the BJP should emerge from this and people should understand this as it causes a lot of harm," he said.

History of Ahmedabad

In 2017, Ahmedabad was declared a world heritage city by UNESCO, becoming the country's first city to hold the distinction.

Historically, the area around Ahmedabad has been inhabited since the 11th century, when it was known as Ashaval.

Chalukya ruler Karna of Anhilwara (modern Patan) had waged a successful war against the Bhil king of Ashaval and established a city called Karnavati on the banks of the Sabarmati river.

Sultan Ahmed Shah laid the foundation of a new walled city near Karnavati in 1411 AD  and named it Ahmedabad.

(With PTI Inputs) 

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