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Centre gives nod for renaming Mughalsarai railway station
A day after the Ministry of Home Affairs approved Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath's proposal for renaming Mughalsarai railway station after Deen Dayal Upadhyay, the opposition parties protested against the decision of the Central government on Friday.

The row over renaming of Mughalsarai railway station to Deen Dayal Upadhyau railway station kicked up a political storm in the Upper House as senior leader of Samajwadi Party, Naresh Agarwal lashed out at Modi-led BJP government accusing it of trying to change the character of the country.

Expressing his strong objection over this issue, Member of Parliament from Samajwadi Party Naresh Agarwal said, "The government to forcibly change Uttar Pradesh's geography. The station is ages old. They are going to change New Delhi's name too."

Protesting in the Well of the House along with other Samajwadi Party (SP) members, Agarwal claimed that the UP government had got green signal from the Centre to rename the station after someone who had made "no contribution to the freedom struggle," as per the PTI report.

Countering Agarwal over this issue, BJP MP Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said, "They want stations in the name of Mughals, but not Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay. This view is wrong."

But the opposition continued their protest raising objections inside the House and kept shouting: "Change the nation's name then... What was his contribution to the nation?"

After protesting in the Well by the Samajwadi MPs, the proceedings in the Upper House were adjourned for about 10 minutes. Besides Samajwadi Party, the members of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) also participated in the protest over the issue of renaming of Mughalsarai station.

Mughalsarai railway station is located around 16 kilometres from Varanasi, which is one of the biggest and oldest railway junctions in Uttar Pradesh. On February 11, 1968, Bharatiya Jana Sangh leader Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay had been found dead under mysterious conditions near Mughalsarai railway station.

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