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Agra: “Ghatia Azam Khan,” a road in Agra, has been renamed after Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Late Ashok Singhal, who was born in a house located on the same stretch, informed the city Mayor on Monday.
The proposal to change the name was put forward by Jagdeesh Pachori, a corporator from Shaheed Nagar ward in Agra, said Mayor Naveen Jain.
Later, the proposal was passed with a full majority during the 13th session of the executive committee of Agra Nagar Nigam.
“The executive committee members passed the proposal of renaming ‘Ghatia Azam Khan’ to ‘Late Ashok Singhal’ road with full majority.” said the Mayor.
Moreover, proposals to change the names of other roads of Agra were also passed during the executive meeting.
Corporater Pachori told PTI, "On the occasion of the birth anniversary of late Ashok Singhal, the road in Agra would be known by his name as it his birth anniversary. During the executive committee meeting, the proposal was accepted and passed as well.”
“As this proposal was presented in the session, it was accepted by the members and passed with full majority. It is a proud moment for all of us that the road will be known by his name.” added Pachori.
Reportedly, from now onwards, ‘Kehrai Mod Crossing would be known as Shaheed Kaushal Kumar Rawat and ‘Shastripuram Crossing’ as ‘Chitragupta Crossing.’
One of the corporators proposed to change the name of a shelter house in Agra, known as “Kanzi House” to Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Maweshi Grah and road from Kidwai Park to the old post office in Raja Ki Mandi to be renamed in the name of freedom fighter Tantia Tope, said the Mayor.
Ashok Singhal was born on September 27, 1926, in Agra. In his youth, he joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). He graduated from the Institute of Technology of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in 1950. After that, he joined the RSS as a full-time pracharak. Singhal joined the VHP in 1981. He died in 2015 at the age of 89.