New Delhi: One of India’s oldest railway station in Uttar Pradesh, Mughalsarai, was renamed after RSS ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyaya on Tuesday.
The Centre had in 2017 cleared UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s request to rename the station, despite protests raised in parliament by various parties.
On his birth anniversary in June 2017, the UP government had decided to rename Mughalsarai Junction in Chandauli district after Upadhyaya, who was found dead near the station in mysterious circumstances in 1968.
After the approval of the state cabinet, the proposal was forwarded to the Railway Ministry.
The Mughalsarai station was set up in 1862 when the East India Company linked Howrah to Delhi by rail. Since it was an overnight stopover for caravans, it was named “Mughal Sarai (Inn)”.
The move drew flak from opposition parties which accused the ruling party of attempting to tamper with history. And, of course, Twitter couldn’t stay behind.
Here are some hilarious tweets which you should not miss:
Wow… What an achievment… Name Mughal chicken as Deen Dayal chicken.
Sab ka saath sab ka vikas.. ????????????????????
— r pratap reddy (@rpratapreddys) June 5, 2018
The only ministry that works in any BJP govt is The Ministry of Renaming
— The Young Bigmouth (@dyoungbigmouth) June 5, 2018
अब मत कहना कि UP सरकार जनता के भले के लिए कुछ नही कर रही। ????https://t.co/neGWuPxExf
— Mufflrman #RYP (@mufflrman) June 5, 2018
Now change muglai food to modilai food. ????????????
— Sarfraz Kazi (@sazkazi) June 5, 2018
— Mohammad Ishaque (@_Mohd_Ishaque) June 6, 2018
The Mughalsarai railway station of Uttar Pradesh is now officially Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay station.????????????
This name change has thankfully reduced the petrol prices, education all over India has improved, employment… https://t.co/dSWlaXOmG6
— محمد شارق احمر (@shariq9071) June 6, 2018
Welcome to Mughal Sarai Junction
Deen Dayal Upadhayay Junction
This government has left with no other work except that to change the names which belong to the Mughals .#We_want_jobs_not_distortion_of _history#Shri Modi ji pic.twitter.com/unzGdJra39
— Naba Naseem (@NaseemNaba) June 6, 2018
Naam badalne k Baad bhi Mughal Sarai hi keh layega
— Mk ASHRAF (@MkASHRAF9) June 6, 2018
What a remarkable development, this will increase the GDP by 2%, Generate 2 Crores jobs, Finish Farmers Distress, Secure our borders and so on….#MughalsaraiJunction #MughalSarai https://t.co/HD3t19LShj
— S.M.Siraj (@SIRAJSM) June 6, 2018
Name of roads, railway stations change.. what doesn't change? Train delays, the quality of food in trains, manual cleaning of human excreta on railway tracks, the situation of people who sleep on roads…#railways #RailwayStation #MughalSarai #sahivikas
— Devika Mittal (@devikasmittal) June 6, 2018
By changing the name of Mughal Sarai station to Pandit Dindayal Upadhya the BJP thinks it has visited history and conquered the Mughals
— ashok kumar (@akbundi) June 6, 2018
People ridiculing the renaming of Mughalsarai Station can chill – Bengaluru City railway station is officially named Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna Railway Station but people just call it Majestic railway station. This is India. All names can coexist peacefully.
— Param Arunachalam (@taparam) June 6, 2018
Unsolved midnight murder mystery of Deendayal Upadhyaya at Mughalsarai Junction pic.twitter.com/iYYsWU8kUU
— Future Of India (@2050_India) June 6, 2018
Mughal Sarai Junction is now Deen Dayal Upadhyay Junction. What next? Afghani Chicken to be renamed as Dhanbadi Chicken?
— Camran Zaki (@camranzaki) June 6, 2018
— Sir Parvez A. (@parvez_ameer) June 6, 2018
— ????????Krushna Sundar (@KrushnaSundar) June 6, 2018
Just renamed a railway station and a bullet train arrived without even changing the tracks .#MughalSarai
— Richa Thakur (@RichaThakur_26) June 6, 2018
Just changed my ordinary name to Chivas. Hoping that it will add a ‘zing’ in my life #MughalSarai
— Chivas Desi (@Chivas_Desi) June 6, 2018
It was 'MughalSarai'. It will always remain 'MughalSarai'. Nobody and nothing can change that for Indians, forever. No Vin Diesel in orange outfit can change that.
Upadhyaya doesn't represent the Indian cultural fabric. pic.twitter.com/Dn4X00PT68
— Unsensationalist (@zohaibysrn) June 6, 2018
Gurgaon can become Gurugram
Mughal Sarai can be called Pdt. Din dayal upadhyay jxn.
Ain't No body can rename Bund Garden and Bhosari in #Pune, coz Pune loves it's cute little eccentricities. #namegame #sastisarkar #vikas #SCAM #Maharashtra #UP
— Jambreadbutter (@prashantjamwal1) June 6, 2018