Ahmedabad: After Allahabad was renamed as Prayagraj and Faizabad as Ayodhya, the spree has spread to Gujarat. Ahmedabad may soon be renamed Karnavati.

Gujarat deputy CM Nitin Patel dropped the bomb on Diwali, Wednesday, when he backed the demand and said it could be done with legal requirements in place and strong public support.

Patel seems to have found the inspiration from Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, who, apart from renaming cities, has come up with an entire package centred around Ramayan.

"People are still having a feeling that Ahmedabad should be renamed as Karnavati. If we get required support to overcome the legal hurdles, we are always ready to change the name of the city," Patel told reporters 

Mughalsarai is already Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Junction, Allahabad will be Prayagraj, and Faizabad will go back to its original name, Ayodhya.

Ahmedabad was known as Ashwal till about the 11th century. It was then ruled by the Bhil tribe.

Then Chalukya king Karna defeated the Bhils and the city was named Karnavati. In 1411, king Ahmed Shah of the Muzaffarid dynasty turned Karnavati into Ahmedabad. It is the only city in India which has got the World Heritage City tag from UNESCO.

Meanwhile, Gujarat Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi slammed the idea saying, "BJP leaders dump such issues after coming to power. They only cheated Hindus all these years".