Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath announced that Faizabad district of the state will be renamed as Ayodhya. The city Ayodhya is located in Uttar Pradesh's Faizabad district and is at the centre of the Ram mandir dispute.
Voice of local people has risen for government intervention to build a temple of Lord Ram at Ramjanmabhoomi, the site believed to be the birthplace of lord Ram.
The site is also the location where the Babri Masjid once stood; the mosque was controversially razed by a group of Hindu karsevaks in 1992, an act that sparked nationwide communal strain and aggression.
A title suit over the land is currently in the Supreme Court, New Delhi. The Supreme Court has been petitioned to review the judgment of the Allahabad High Court that had divided the controversial land into three parts.
Recently, the Supreme Court said that it would decide in January when to hear the appeals filed against the judgment of Allahabad High Court.
This delay has led to demands that the Central government, whose term is going to be end in May next year when general elections will be held, bring a law to construct a Ram temple at Ayodhya.
Today, while speaking at the annual Diwali festivities in Ayodhya, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Adityanath said Ayodhya is a symbol of our “aan, baan aur shaan” (honour, pride and prestige).
Adityanath announced that his Uttar Pradesh government will change the name of Faizabad district, where Ayodhya is located, to Ayodhya.
Adityanath also announced that a new airport, named after Ram, and a new medical college named after Raja Dashrath (Lord Ram’s father) would be set up in Ayodhya very soon.