Oppn accuses Mayawati of pushing political agenda

Opposition parties today accused UP Chief Minister Mayawati of trying to push her political agenda by naming after dalit icon Shahuji Maharaj the new district carved out of Rahul Gandhi`s Lok Sabha constituency Amethi.

Last Updated: Jul 02, 2010, 19:17 PM IST

Lucknow: Opposition parties today accused UP
Chief Minister Mayawati of trying to push her political agenda
by naming after dalit icon Shahuji Maharaj the new district
carved out of Rahul Gandhi`s Lok Sabha constituency Amethi.

Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi said
that it would have been better had the district been named
Amethi as the area is identified by this name the world over.

Joshi said that whatever be the name, the area would
continue to be identified with the Nehru-Gandhi family
and the party and its leaders would struggle for better
governance for its further development.

However, Pradesh Congress Committee Secretary Deepak
Singh, who led a campaign demanding district status for
Amethi, claimed that people of the area cannot identify
themselves with the new name.

Singh said that the struggle for naming the district
after former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi would continue.

The Samajwadi Party accused Mayawati of misusing her
majority in the legislature to impose her political agenda on
the people.

"The massive economic burden that the new district
would incur has been overlooked and it has been named after a
dalit icon who has no relevance in Uttar Pradesh," party
spokesman Rajendra Chaudhary said.

"The move is nothing but an attempt by the BSP
government to force its thoughts and views on the people by
misusing majority just for gaining political mileage," he
said.

The BJP, meanwhile, refrained from openly criticising
the move but cautioned the government against politicising the
issue of naming the districts.

"It would be relevant to name the new districts ,
schemes and institutions launched by the government for the
people of the state after leaders, freedom fighters and icons
who can be identified with the state and have had some
contribution to its development in the past," a state BJP
leader said.

The state cabinet yesterday decided to restore
district status to Amethi, which the then Mayawati government
had created in 2003 but was scrapped by Mulayam Singh Yadav
government the same year.

PTI