Renaming Gurgaon, which has an International branding, is an exercise in pure superficiality. BJP Govt should create essential infrastructure—Congress leader Randeep Surjewala
Gurgaon, the corporate hub of Haryana on the outskirts of Delhi, will now be known as 'Gurugram'.
This decision has been taken by the Manohar Lal Khattar government which claimed on Tuesday that people of the area have been making a demand in this regard.
The decision to change the name of Gurgaon to 'Gurugram' has been taken on the basis of the representations received at several fora that it would be appropriate to rename Gurgaon as Gurugram, an official spokesman said.
"Haryana is a historic land of the Bhagwat Gita and Gurgaon had been a centre of learning," the spokesman said.
"It had been known as Gurgaon since the times of Guru Dronacharya. Gurgaon was a great centre of education where the princes used to get education. For long, the people of the area had been demanding that Gurgaon be renamed as Gurugram," he said.
The government also decided to rename Mewat district as Nuh.
Mewat, in fact is a geographical and cultural unit and not a town. It is spread beyond Haryana in the adjoining states of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, the spokesman said.
The Headquarters of Mewat district is at Nuh town. The people of area and the elected representatives had been demanding that the name of Mewat be changed as Nuh, he further said.
Renaming pure superficiality: Cong
Congress has pooh-poohed Haryana government's decision to rename Gurgaon and dismissed the move as an "exercise in pure superficiality".
"Renaming Gurgaon, which has an International branding, is an exercise in pure superficiality. BJP Govt should create essential infrastructure", party's chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala tweeted.
Surjewala, who is party MLA in Haryana and a former minister from there, also frowned upon changing the name of Mewat district.
"Changing name of Mewat Distt in Hry depicts that BJP Govt has no comprehension of sacrifice, valour & nationalistic fervour of 'Mewatis'", he said in another tweet.
The government also decided to rename Mewat district as Nuh, its district headquarters.