Gujarat govt renames dragon fruit as 'kamalam'

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Last Updated: Tue, Jan 19th, 2021, 23:39:06hrs
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Gandhinagar: Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, while interacting with the media on Tuesday, said that the government has applied for a patent to change the nomenclature of dragon fruit to 'kamalam'. According to the CM, the word 'dragon' for the fruit sounded inappropriate and so the Gujarat government had decided for the fruit to be called as 'kamalam'.

While interacting with the media on Tuesday during the launch of the Chief Minister Horticulture Development Mission, Rupani said, "We have applied for a patent for the dragon fruit to be called 'kamalam'. But as of now, we the Gujarat government have decided to call the fruit as 'kamalam'."

"Even though the fruit is popularly known as dragon fruit, it doesn't sound appropriate. The word 'kamalam' is a Sanskrit word and the fruit does have the shape of the lotus, so we have decided to call it that. There's nothing political about it," Rupani added.

According to the CM, the fruit has long since been grown as a form of cactus in the country. "Nobody has to be alarmed by the word 'kamalam'," Rupani added.

It should be noted that the lotus is the symbol of the BJP and the state BJP headquarters in Gandhinagar is also named 'Shri Kamalam'.

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