Lucknow, March 31: Uttar Pradesh governor Ram Naik in a letter to UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath endorsed the demand to change the name of Sultanpur city to Kushbhavanpur. The UP governor mentioned in his letter about his meeting with a delegation from the Sultanpur city. After Allahabad, Yogi Adityanath Administration in UP to Rename Sultanpur as Kushbhavanpur.
Governor Naik in his letter said that the delegation had submitted a memorandum along with a book on the city’s history and demanded a change in the city’s name to Kushbhawanpur to "restore its past glory". Sultanpur Should be Renamed as Kushbhawanpur, Says BJP MLA Devmani Dwivedi as He Claims 'Khilji Dynasty Changed Name of City'.
The delegation reportedly also demanded that the city be given the status of heritage city.
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In December 2017, the campaign to write Ambedkar’s name correctly was also initiated by the Governor. Later in March 2018, Yogi Adityanath-led government decided to introduce Ambedkar’s middle name ‘Ramji’ in state records.
It must be remembered that Naik also played a key role in renaming of Bombay as Mumbai in the year 1995. In October last year, Naik had approved the renaming of Allahabad as Prayagraj with immediate effect before the Ardh Kumbh Mela 2019.
Earlier, sitting MLA from Sultanpur's Lambhua seat, BJP legislator Devmani Dubey had also demanded the name change. MLA Devmani has claimed that Sultanpur, which is the supporting district of Ayodhya district, was founded by one of Lord Ram's son, Kush and hence the city was known as Kushbhawanpur before it was named as Sultanpur. The MLA also claimed that Sitakund in the district is a proof of the fact that even Lord Ram's wife Sita had stayed in the district.