Yet another district in Uttar Pradesh is likely to undergo a name change, as Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's suggestion for Badaun's name change has spurred the local BJP unit into action. Addressing a function in Badaun district on Tuesday, the chief minister said, "Badaun was earlier known as Vedamau. It was a centre for Vedic studies and it is the most fertile land in the world."
Commenting on the development, Rajit Sabharwal, a local BJP leader, said, "We will now put up a formal demand for change of name of Badaun. We have already started making preparations and are delving into history to put up the facts. We hope that the process gets completed before elections."
According to mythological stories, Badaun was named after Ahir prince Budhh.
It has been noted by Professor Goti John that this city was named 'Bedamooth' in an ancient inscription and this region was called Panchal.
According to the lines on stone writeup, there was a village 'Bhadaunlak' near the city. A Muslim historian, Roz Khan Lodhi, said that here the Ashoka - The Great built a Buddh Vihar and a fort and named it as BuddhMau.
Interestingly, Badaun now has a 21 per cent Muslim population.
It is noteworthy that a proposal to change the name of Aligarh to Harigarh and Sultanpur to Kushbhawanpur are already pending with the state government.
(With inputs from IANS)