UP renames 8 districts,Maya calls it insult to Dalit icons

Amethi,which was renamed as Chhatrapati Sahuji Maharaj Nagar by the previous Mayawati government,will be called Amethi again

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: July 24, 2012 2:45:54 am

Amethi,which was renamed as Chhatrapati Sahuji Maharaj Nagar by the previous Mayawati government,will be called Amethi again. The state Cabinet on Monday decided to change the names of eight districts,which were created and named after Dalit personalities by the BSP government.

The Cabinet also decided to restore the original name of King George Medical University in Lucknow,which was named Chhatrapati Sahuji Maharaj Medical University by the Mayawati government.

Kanshiram Nagar,which was carved out of old Etah district,has been renamed Kashganj. Similarly,Mahamaya Nagar,Jyotibaphulenagar,Ramabai Nagar districts will be now known as Hathras,Amroha and Kanpur Dehat,respectively. The names of Prabudhanagar,Bheemnagar and Panchasheelnagar have been changed to Shamli,Sambhal and Hapur,respectively.

In a statement,the government said locals and people’s representatives from these districts had demanded the names to be changed. The people could not connect to the new names and it had led to a loss of identity,the statement added.

Regarding the decision to restore the name of King George Medical University,the government said the original name had international recognition in the field of medical education and research,which the new name lacked.

Terming the state government’s decision to change the names of the eight districts,given by her government,as “extremely painful”,former chief minister Mayawati said it was an insult to the great people who were born in Dalit and OBC communities. She reminded people that these districts were created and named after saints and gurus who were born in both the communities.

In a press release,Mayawati said though the report about government’s plan to change the names of the districts appeared in the media,she had never believed that the SP government would go to the extent of insulting the saints and gurus who were honoured by naming the districts after them.

She said the SP government has taken decision with “malice”. “My government never changed the name of any districts but created new districts and gave them inspirational names,” she said.

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