Minister of State for Home affairs, Hansraj Ahir approved a proposal to rename the Mughalsarai railway station in UP after Deendayal Upadhyay.
As per the approved proposal, the junction will now be rechristened “Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Nagar station’.
Upadhyaya was an RSS ideologue who was found dead under mysterious circumstances on a railway platform at Mughalsarai, Uttar Pradesh, in 1968.
The proposal to rename Mughalsarai junction originated from the Yogi government in UP. It had sent the file to the ministry of railways for approval, which then forwarded it for home ministry’s clearance.
Proceedings in the Rajya Sabha were adjourned briefly on Friday after the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party protested against the renaming of Uttar Pradesh’s Mughalsarai railway station after Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya, leader of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh. The Sangh was the forerunner of the present day BJP.
The move led to an uproar in Parliament after several MPs including Samajwadi Party’s Naresh Agarwal protested against the Centre’s decision to give nod to renaming the junction after Upadhyay. The junction, the fourth busiest railway station in the country, is located on the main Howrah-Delhi Grand Chord line.
Strong objections were raised in the Rajya Sabha by Naresh Agarwal, a member of the Samajwadi Party, which lost power in Uttar Pradesh to the BJP earlier this year.
“The government to forcibly change Uttar Pradesh’s geography. The station is ages old. There are going to change New Delhi’s name too,” Mr. Agarwal lashed out, not silenced by Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien saying the subject should be taken up under a different rule.
The station contains the largest railway marshaling yard in Asia. It is 12.5 km long and handles around 1,500 wagons daily. The largest wagon repair workshop of the Indian Railways is also located here.