Maya names Amethi Sahuji Nagar district
Express news service Posted online: Fri Jul 02 2010, 03:09 hrs
Lucknow : Seven years after it first attempted this and failed, the
Mayawati government Thursday made Rahul Gandhi's Lok Sabha
constituency Amethi a district and named it Chhatrapati Sahuji Maharaj
Nagar. The new district also includes parts of Sultanpur and Rae
The move is being seen as a message to the people of Amethi that the
BSP government cares for them.
On May 21, 2003, during her previous stint as Chief Minister, Mayawati
issued a notification to make Amethi a district, but her successor
Mulayam Singh Yadav cancelled it on November 13, 2003.
Mulayam government's decision was challenged in the Allahabad High
Court by one Umashankar Pandey. On March 26, 2010, the High Court
asked the government to consider his request within three months.
Subsequently, Pandey presented his case before a high-level committee
headed by the Chairman of the Revenue board.
The committee, according to an official statement, recommended
"restoration of district status of Chhatrapati Sahuji Maharaj Nagar",
named after Sahuji, "one of the messiahs of social change who made
arrangements for 50 per cent reservation in jobs for Dalits and
exploited people under Kolhapur estate".
On Thursday, the recommendation was implemented although the
government had earlier issued a notification stating that no change
will be made in boundaries of any district, tehsil, block or village
panchayat until the census was over. The government said creating the
new district was necessary to ensure compliance with the court order
and that the decision will be conveyed to the Registrar General of
Census. Besides, it claimed, the move won't affect census work.
The new district, with Gauriganj as headquarters, will include five
tehsils, 16 blocks and 17 police stations. Jagdish Prasad has been
appointed the DM and Sugreev Giri the SP of the district.
The government also renamed Kanpur Dehat district as Ramabai Nagar,
"in memory of Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar's wife", as existence of two
districts with almost similar names, Kanpur Nagar and Kanpur Dehat,
Meanwhile, local Congress leaders said they are happy that Amethi has
become a district but not so happy with the new name. It should have
been named after former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, who was elected
from here in 1981, 1984 and 1989, they said. "All we have to say is
that it would have been better if the district was named after Rajiv
Gandhi because of his long association with the area," said state
Congress chief spokesperson Subodh Srivastava.
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