Yogi Adityanath (Phto: IANS)

Gorakhpur: A draft delimitation order issued by the Gorakhpur Municipal Corporation has changed “Muslim-sounding names” of around a dozen wards, prompting a sharp reaction from leaders of the Samajwadi Party and the Congress.

The changing of names was part of the delimitation exercise, under which the number of wards went up to 80 in Gorakhpur, with several of these named after iconic personalities and freedom fighters.

A senior official said on Saturday that people can file their objections within a week and after their disposal, the delimitation will be approved.

Samajwadi Party leader and Ismailpur corporator Shahab Ansari charged that changing names is an attempt at polarisation.

Ansari said the party will hold a meeting in this regard on Sunday and a delegation will meet the district magistrate to raise the objection on Monday.

Congress leader Talat Aziz termed the name-changing exercise as a waste of money. “I fail to understand what the government will achieve through this exercise,” the leader asked.

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