Faizabad to be renamed Ayodhya
LUCKNOW: After renaming Allahabad as Prayag Raj, UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday rechristened Faizabad as Ayodhya, in a move that experts said could potentially give the ruling BJP to give its Hindutva agenda a further push ahead of Lok Sabha elections due next year. He also announced that the airport in Ayodhya would be named after Lord Ram.
The announcement comes days after the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) demanded that Faizabad is named as Sri-Ayodhya. Speaking on the eve of Diwali, Yogi said that no injustice could be done with Ayodhya, amid repeated chants of 'Yogi Ji Mandir Ka Nirman Karo'.
Yogi said that his government was committed to the development of Ayodhya through initiating various development projects.
The CM's announcement to rename Faizabad as Ayodhya comes amid the ever-rising clamour around the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya.
The Faizabad district comprises the twin towns of Faizabad and Ayodhya on the banks of the river Saryu. The district will now be known as Ayodhya, said the saffron-robed chief minister.