The Gujarat government said Thursday it was considering renaming Ahmedabad in Karnavati.
Prime Minister Vijay Rupani told reporters in Gandhinagar that the name change could take place before Lok Sabha's election.
Rupani's statement came a few days after the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh announced the name change of Allahabad and Faizabad to Prayagraj and Ayodhya, respectively.
"People have been asking for a long time that Ahmedabad is renamed Karnavati. The government is studying this request. The consultation process was launched [to find out] if legally we can do it. After consultations, we will take a concrete step, "he said.
When asked when this was likely to happen, he replied, "Before the [Lok Sabha] elections."
Deputy Minister Nitin Patel said the name Ahmedabad was a "symbol of slavery" and needed to be changed.
"We have started the process of obtaining legal authorizations and other approvals such as the approval of the Center," said Patel.
"The name [Ahmedabad] is a symbol of our slavery, while the name Karnavati represents our pride, our self-esteem, our culture, our autonomy, "he said.
The mayor of Ahmedabad, Bijal Patel, said that she would seek "advice" from the government before submitting a resolution to rename the city.