Thursday, July 1, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Mayawati renames new district in Gandhi stronghold

Mayawati renames new district in Gandhi stronghold

NDTV Correspondent, Updated: July 01, 2010 15:44 IST

New Delhi: With the Rahul Gandhi threat to her turf growing by the
day in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Mayawati has fired the next salvo
in the fierce battle for Dalit votes.

She has resurrected a move to carve out a new district that includes
the Gandhi strongholds of Amethi and Rae Bareli, and name it after a
Dalit icon.

The new district, carved out of Rae Bareli and Sultanpur districts,
will be called Chhatrapti Sahuji Maharaj Nagar. It will include three
Sultanpur Assembly seats and two Rae Bareli seats.

The Parliamentary constituency will remain Amethi, which Rahul Gandhi
represents and will not be affected by the new district being carved
out. Congress President Sonia Gandhi represents the Rae Bareli
Parliamentary constituency.
"The state cabinet in its meeting chaired by Chief Minister Mayawati
has decided to restore district status to Chattrapati Sahuji Maharaj
Nagar," PTI quoted an official government spokesman as saying on

The BSP government of 2003 had accorded district status to the Amethi
Lok Sabha constituency, then represented by Congress chief Sonia
Gandhi, and renamed it Chatrapati Sahuji Maharaj Nagar.

The Congress opposed this. It was not against a new district but
wanted it named Rajiv Gandhi Nagar. The next government, that of the
Samajwadi Party, revoked the notification.

Chatrapati Shahuji Maharaj is a Dalit icon from Maharashtra.

(with PTI inputs)

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