2 Sep, 2010, 04.38AM IST,ET Bureau
Mayawati Vs Rahul: Amethi likely to get a new name

NEW DELHI: The Mayawati government’s efforts to ‘erase’ the
Nehru-Gandhi family’s ‘imprint’ on Amethi got a big boost when the
Supreme Court on Wednesday gave the go ahead for the creation of a
district carved out of Rahul Gandhi’s Lok Sabha constituency.

UP CM Mayawati wants to rename the district after Dalit icon
Chatrapati Shahuji Maharaj.

SC decided the issue in favour of the Mayawati government on the
ground that a similar petition was dismissed by the HC on August 11. A
Bench comprising Justices R V Raveendran and H L Gokhale said the HC
Bench, which passed the interim order on August 18, should have
considered the order of August 11 of its own bench. “Judicial
propriety demanded that the high court should have considered the
final judgement of August 11. It could not have taken a different
stand,” the Supreme Court Bench said.

UP had moved the apex court, challenging the August 18 interim order
of the Lucknow Bench of the HC which stayed restoration of the new
district till March 31 next year or till further orders.

The new district is being carved out of three tehsils of Sultanpur
district, Amethi, Gauriganj, Musafir Khana, and two tehsils of Rae
Bareli, Salon and Tiloi. The Rae Bareli parliamentary constituency,
which is represented by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, along with
Amethi and Sultanpur constituencies form the famous Gandhi bastion.

In December 2002, when BSP controlled the state, Ms Mayawati had made
the first attempt to rename the district. Addressing a rally in
Amethi, she announced her government’s decision to rename the
constituency, then represented by Sonia Gandhi. The district came into
existence with Gauriganj as its headquarters six days after Ms
Mayawati made the announcement. However, her successor Mulayam Singh
Yadav scrapped the decision in his very first cabinet meeting.

A writ petition challenging Mr Yadav government’s move was filed in
the Lucknow bench of the HC by Uma Shankar Pandey. The court in March
2010 directed the petitioner to submit his case before the state
government, which was asked to take a final view on the issue within
three months. This paved way for the Mayawati government’s latest


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