Ghatiya Azam Khan road in Agra now renamed Shri Ashok Singhal Marg
Uttar Pradesh cities and roads have seen a lot of changes in name recently, and rightly so. The Yogi-led UP government has recently renamed the Ghatiya Azam Khan Road in Agra as ‘Shri Ashok Singhal Marg‘.
It has been named after late Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Ashok Singhal, who played a key role in the Ram Janmabhoomi movement.
A proposal to change the name of the road had been tabled during a municipal board meeting in September.
A few months ago, ‘Mughal Road‘ in Agra was renamed to ‘Maharaja Agrasen Road‘.
According to Agra Mayor Naveen Jain, the decision to rename the road was taken to honour Singhal, an engineer by training, who was born in a house located on the Ghatiya Azam Khan Road in 1926.
“Ashok Singhal had played a lead role in shaping the movement by uniting Hindus across India for construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya,” he said.
Jain said the process to change the names of places that are reminiscent of “periods of slavery” will continue.
Many names were changed from the era of British post-independence. Many cities and roads also saw a change in name or the historical name restored from the past few years.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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