New Delhi: The Centre on Friday approved a proposal to rename the iconic Mughalsarai railway station in Uttar Pradesh after Jan Sangh leader Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, a home ministry official said.
The proposal was given by the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh, in a bid to revive the legacy of Upadhyaya, who was found dead in 1968 in the junction itself.
Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir cleared the proposal to rename the railway station as 'Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Nagar station', the home ministry official said.
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 the 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. The Uttar Pradesh government, headed by Yogi Adityanath, had in June approved the proposal of renaming the station and forwarded it to the Ministry of Railways for final approval.
Upadhyay's body was found under mysterious circumstances on a platform of Mughalsarai in 1968. The town is part of Chandauli district and is just 20 km from Varanasi. Mughalsarai is also the birthplace of former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri.
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.
Mughalsarai is not the only railway station whose name has been changed in recent times. The iconic Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai, which was earlier known as Victoria Terminus, saw the word 'Maharaj' added to its name earlier this year.