Why a city named after the ‘invaders’ who burnt down Nalanda University? Demand to change the name of Bakhtiyarpur intensifies

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Patna: Nowadays there is a trend to change the names of cities and railway stations in the country. After the Yogi government came to Uttar Pradesh, Allahabad was renamed as Prayagraj, Faizabad district was renamed as Ayodhya after the old name and Mughalsarai Junction was named after Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay. There is a ruckus in Bihar for changing the name of Bakhtiyarpur (Bakhtiarpur).

Actually, today there is no demand to change the name of Bakhtiyapur. BJP MP Gopal Narayan Singh had demanded to change the name of Bakhtiyarpur station in the Upper House two years ago. At the same time, the local people of Bakhtiyarpur have also been demanding to change its name from time to time. He has also written letters to CM and PM several times in this regard. They say that it hurts them to name Bakhtiyarpur station after Bakhtiyar Khilji, who burnt Nalanda University (Nalanda University). BJP MLA Mithilesh Kumar had also demanded CM Nitish Kumar to change the name of Bakhtiyarpur.

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When journalists questioned CM Nitish Kumar about changing the name of Bakhtiyarpur in Patna’s Janata Darbar, he gave a clear answer and said that why would he change the name of Bakhtiyarpur. Nitish said, “This is nonsense. Bakhtiyarpur is my birth place, why change its name. When an all India law was being made in Parliament, a member said that Nalanda University was destroyed, a camp in Bakhtiyarpur was established and now the person born here is building Nalanda University.

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