This suggestion of renaming the exotic fruit as "Kamalam" is yet another step towards going vocal for local!
Rupani refuted attempts that drew parallels between the fruit and the state Bharatiya Janata Party headquarters in Gujarat, which is also named Kamalam, according to The Hindu Business Line. "The name dragon fruit is not proper, and due to its name one thinks of China", he said, adding, "Farmers say it looks like lotus and that is the reason we have named it "Kamalam".More news: Apple might be working on a VR headset
In a latest, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Tuesday announced renaming of the dragon fruit as "Kamalam" (a Sanskrit word for lotus).
The CM said that the word dragon for the fruit sounded inappropriate and clarified that there was nothing political about it. "The word Kamalam is a Sanskrit word and the fruit does have the shape of the lotus, so we have chose to call it Kamalam, and there's nothing political about it", Rupani added.
Ahmedabad-based housewife Gayatri Vyas, who regularly eats the fruit for its nutritional value, said she is not aware that its has been changed as it is available as "dragon fruit" only in markets.More news: Quebec chided for lack of 'humanity' to homeless
Meanwhile, the move has evoked sharp comments on social media platforms evoking derision to sarcastic digs while netizens running hashtag #SanskariFruitSabzi as one of the top trending topic on Twitter.
Priyanka Chaturvedi of the Shiv Sena, which leads the Maharashtra alliance, posted: "Hallelujah!"
As they combined Kamala Harris' momentous day with another development closer to home in Gujarat. "The dragon has been shown its place. oh wait, I meant dragonfruit".More news: Ontario reports 2,632 new COVID cases, 46 more deaths
The opposition Congress, meanwhile, has mocked the government's renaming of the fruit, saying that the government has run out of issues to work on. "By the way, COVID is on, the economy took a hit, we are in the middle of a pandemic".