Maya gets Dalit name for Rahul's Amethi
India Blooms News Service
Lucknow, July 1 (IBNS) A name-game started between Congress leader
Rahul Gandhi and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati on Thursday as
her government brought his Lok Sabha constituency Amethi under a new
district named after Dalit icon Chattrapati Shahuji Maharaj.
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati curved a new district called
Chattrapati Shahuji Maharaj Nagar out of Sultanpur and Rae Bareli
districts on Thursday. Congress strongholds Amethi and Rae Bareli will
be parts of the new district.
"The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to restore the district
status to Chattrapati Sahuji Maharaj Nagar," an official spokesman
The new district includes three Sultanpur Assembly seats and two seats
of Rae Bareli.
Back in 2003, the Congress wanted to name the new district Rajiv
Gandhi Nagar after the late prime minister. But the BSP-led government
wanted the district to be named after the Dalit icon from Maharashtra.
However, the proposal was scrapped by Samajwadi Party that toppled BSP
and came to power in the next election.
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