Aligarh: The Aligarh Nagar Nigam has passed a resolution proposing a change in the city’s name from Aligarh to ‘Harigarh.’ This resolution, put forth by BJP corporator Sanjay Pandit, was approved on Monday and is now set to be forwarded to the Uttar Pradesh government for their consideration.
It’s worth noting that a similar resolution had been passed by the District Panchayat in 2021, and some senior ministers of the state raised this issue during Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s visit to Aligarh on August 21 this year.
Historically, Aligarh was known as Ramgarh and later adopted the name Aligarh in the mid-1700s, named after its significant fort. Previous attempts to change the city’s name date back to 1992 when former Chief Minister Kalyan Singh made an unsuccessful attempt due to the Congress government at the Centre. In 2015, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad also advocated for recognizing the city’s original name as ‘Harigarh.’
The proposed name change is part of a broader trend in Uttar Pradesh, where the Yogi Adityanath government has already renamed Faizabad district to Ayodhya, Allahabad to Prayagraj, and rebranded Mughalsarai Junction as Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Junction.