Set up in 1862, the famous Mughalsarai railway station’s name will be changed to Jan Sangh leader Deen Dayal Upadhyaya (DDU) as the Centre on Thursday gave nod to the permission sought by the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh.
Irked by the development, the Opposition on Friday slammed Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) for attempting to forcibly change the geography of the state.
Raising protest in the Rajya Sabha, leader of Samajwadi Party, Naresh Agarwal demanded the immediate removal of the approval given to the UP government.
As reported by Indian Express, Yogi Government had specifically asked to change the name of Mughalsarai junction to Deen Dayal Upadhyaya to honour the leader who died at the same station in 1968.
Meanwhile, the UP government will soon be issued a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the Centre after having got the clearance from the Home Ministry.
Alongside, the UP government has decided to develop the birthplace of the ideologue — Nagla Chandrabhan — as a tourist center.
The saffron party will be celebrating the birth centenary of Upadhyaya in a major event planned on September 25.
Yogi Govt in UP in June had sought the permission to change the name.
Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay was an Indian politician and an important ideologue for Bharatiya Jana Sangh, the forerunner of the present day Bharatiya Janata Party.