In its first meeting, Aligarh’s Mainpuri Zila Panchayat passed a resolution on Monday to rename Aligarh as Harigarh, Hindustan Times reported.
The resolution was passed with 50 out of 72 members voting for the resolutions. According to the members, it was a long-standing demand.
“It was a long pending demand to rename Aligarh as Harigarh. The Zila panchayat approved the proposal unopposed. It would now be forwarded to the state government for approval,” stated Vijay Singh, Zila panchayat chairman for Aligarh told Hindustan Times.
Two other proposals were also passed during the meeting. The first one was to name Aligarh airport after BJP leader Kalyan Singh. Singh was the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh during the Ram Janmabhoomi movement and a resident of Aligarh, also known as the ‘city of locks’.
The second proposal was to rename Mainpuri as Mayan Nagar, after the saint Mayan who founded the present-day Mainpuri. “One of the Zila panchayat members had moved the proposal for renaming Mainpuri as Mayan Nagar and the proposal was passed on Monday with 23 members supporting the motion and two opposing it,” said Archana Bhadoria, Zila panchayat chairperson of Mainpuri told Hindustan Times.
This is not the first time a resolution has been passed in UP Zila panchayats to rename a city. In August, Firozabad district panchayat had passed a resolution to change the district’s name to Chandra Nagar. The locals believe that King Chandrasekhar lived in Firozabad, which was known as Chandravar Nagar till 1560 AD.