Politics over Lord Ram is back in view with Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday announcing that Faizabad district will be renamed as Ayodhya. The chief minister also announced a slew of development projects for the city during his visit to Ayodhya on Diwali eve.
A hospital named after King Dashratha and a new airport named after Lord Ram will be constructed in the city, Adityanath announced at a public meeting in the twin cities of Ayodhya-Faizabad.
“Ayodhya is the symbol of our pride and honor. Ayodhya is called for the world because of Lord Ram. From today onwards, Faizabad will be called Ayodhya (with the entire area of the twin cities now having one name). A medical college will be established in Ayodhya. We will also build an airport,” he said.
The state government had currently renamed Allahabad as Prayagraj. It also plans to construct a 151-meter statue of Lord Ram on the banks of the Sarayu river.
The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the center under Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also facing pressure from few members of Parliament, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) to commence construction of the Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya.
The posturing by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) comes in the run-up to the assembly elections in five states, covering Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Chhattisgarh, where the BJP will be trying to retain power, as well as Mizoram and Telangana.