HC stays Maya move to rename Amethi

Anand Raj Singh

Express News ServiceFirst Published : 19 Aug 2010 03:17:52 AM IST

Last Updated : 19 Aug 2010 01:04:03 PM IST

LUCKNOW: The Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court on Wednesday
stayed the move of BSP supremo and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister
Mayawati to rename Amethi, the parliamentary constituency of Congress
general secretary Rahul Gandhi, as Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Nagar.

On July 1, Mayawati had renamed Amethi after the Dalit leader and
declared that it would be a new district, the 72nd in the state.

The move was aimed at blunting the rising influence of Rahul in the
area as also to check the revival of the Congress party in the state
after it doubled its parliamentary seat tally in the Lok Sabha
elections held in 2009. Earlier in 2003, inspired by political
vengeance, Mayawati had converted the name of Amethi to Chhatrapati
Shahuji Maharaj Nagar district. It was later reverted to its earlier
name after the Mulayam Singh Yadav government came to power.

Amethi is a town and a nagar panchayat on Rae Bareli- Sultanpur road
in Sultanpur district of the state. It is known as the seat of power
of the Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty.

Former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, his grandsons Sanjay and Rajiv
Gandhi (the sons of Indira Gandhi), as well as Rajiv’s wife Sonia have
all represented this constituency in the Lok Sabha.


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