Haryana Renames Gurgaon to Gurugram; Congress’ Hackles Rise
Gurgaon will now be called Gurugram and Mewti district will be called Nuh. (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)
Gurgaon will now be called Gurugram and Mewti district will be called Nuh. (Photo: The Quint)

Haryana Renames Gurgaon to Gurugram; Congress’ Hackles Rise

The Haryana government decided to rename Gurgaon as Gurugram, and Mewat district as Nuh on Tuesday. The decision was taken on public demand, the Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP government claimed.

Haryana is a historic land of the Bhagwat Gita and Gurgaon had been a centre of learning. It had been known as Gurgaon since the times of Guru Dronacharya. Gurgaon was a great centre of education where the princes used to be provided education. Therefore, since long the people of the area had been demanding that Gurgaon be renamed as Gurugram.
Official Spokesperson

Mewat, a geographical and cultural unit and not a town, is spread beyond Haryana in the adjoining states of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, the spokesperson said.

The Headquarters of Mewat district is at Nuh town. The decision regarding Nuh was taken on the demand of the people of area and the elected representatives.

Congress Opposes Name-Change

The Congress party has registered its opposition to Gurgaon’s name-change. Party spokesperson, Randeep Surjewala, tweeted saying the move is “pure superficiality”.

In an official statement, the party has attacked the Khattar government and asked the government to concentrate on Gurgaon’s infrastructure.

The Khattar government should instead concentrate on creating essential infrastructure and building harmony, both of which are a prerequisite to ensuring that Gurgaon remains a front-line vehicle of propelling Haryana’s development dreams.

Surjewala and the government statement further said that the decision to change the name of Mewat district is a blow to the “nationalistic fervour of Mewatis”.

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(With PTI inputs)