The Mughalsarai railway station of Uttar Pradesh is now Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay station after the approval of Governor Ram Naik, ANI reported on Tuesday.
The move to rename the station is part of an effort initiated by Yogi Adityanath in the memory of Jan Sangh leader Deen Dayal Upadhyaya as he was found dead in mysterious circumstances near Mughalsarai station on February 11, 1968.
The move to rename the station was an attempt by the Adityanath government to revive the legacy of Jan Sangh leader Deen Dayal Upadhyay, who died at the station in 1968. Jan Sangh was a precursor to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.
Uttar Pradesh government released notification stating that Mughal Sarai Junction has been renamed Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Junction. pic.twitter.com/SCr9Ide7o8
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In August, the Ministry of Home Affairs had cleared a proposal by the state government seeking to honour Upadhyay. This had led to protests by the Opposition in the Parliament. The Samajwadi Party had claimed that the station was being renamed after someone who had made “no contribution to the freedom struggle”.
The Mughalsarai junction is one of the busiest railway stations in the country. The British had set it up as a key station on the route from Delhi to present-day Kolkata