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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday changed the name of Faizabad district to Ayodhya during the grand Diwali celebrations in Ayodhya.
With the announcement, Adityanath said, “A medical college will be established here in Ayodhya, I want it to be named after King Dasharatha. We will also construct an airport here named after Lord Ram.”
A medical college will be established here in Ayodhya, I want it to be named after King Dasharatha. We will also construct an airport here named after Lord Ram: UP CM Yogi Adityanath at Ram Katha Park #Diwali pic.twitter.com/ESJX8eRQp1— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) November 6, 2018
Nearly three weeks ago, the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP)-led government in Uttar Pradesh changed the name of Allahabad district to Prayagraj.
Kim Jung-sook, first lady of South Korea was also present at the event when Adityanath announced the name change of Faizabad district to Ayodhya. Jung-sook is on a visit to India.
According to reports, it was widely expected that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath would announce the construction of a 151-meter statue of Ram on Saryu river. However, no such announcement made.
Adityanath on Tuesday changed the name of Ekana International Cricket Stadium to Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium.
Speaking on the name change of the stadium, Adityanath said, “I thought of the person who gave a new identity to UP and Lucknow. We are close to the Shaheed Path, which was built because of Atal Ji. Imagine the state of the daily commute in Lucknow had the Shaheed Path not been constructed.”