Mayawati carves out new UP district from Amethi



Mayawati carves out new UP district from Amethi Lucknow: Opening a new front against the Congress, UP Chief Minister Mayawati today created a new district carved out of Amethi-- Rahul Gandhi's Lok Sabha constituency-- and named it after dalit icon Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj.

"The state cabinet in its meeting chaired by Chief Minister Mayawati has decided to restore district status to Chattrapati Sahuji Maharaj Nagar. It also decided to rename Kanpur Dehat as Ramabai Nagar district," an official spokesman said here.

With this, Mayawati has resurrected her 2002 decision to carve out the new district from some parts of Sultanpur and Rae Bareli districts that was taken during her third stint as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. The new district was scrapped during the Samajwadi Party's regime which issued a notification in this regard on November 21, 2003.

Spread over 3,070 sq km area, the new district will have five tehsils -- Amethi, Gauriganj, Musafirkhana of Sultanpur district and Salon and Tiloi of Rae Bareli district, 16 development blocks and 17 police stations, the spokesman said.

All these tehsils fall within the Amethi parliamentary constituency, represented by Rahul Gandhi who had drawn Mayawati's ire for his campaign to woo the dalits in the state.

The Congress, however, said such steps will not affect the links between Amethi and Nehru-Gandhi family.

"Notwithstanding what the UP government does, Amethi was, it is and will always remain intrinsically connected to the contributions of the Nehru-Gandhi family," party spokesman Manish Tewari told reporters in Delhi.

Amethi will always remain connected to Nehru-Gandhis: Cong

Dubbing the move of the Uttar Pradesh Government to create a new district carved out of Rahul Gandhi's constituency as "unacceptable", Congress today said Amethi will always remain intrinsically connected to the Nehru-Gandhi family.

"Kar diya, to apna bhi naam badal diya hota (while changing the name of Amethi, they should have changed their name also)," Minority Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said in a sarcastic manner.

He said some names in the country were symbolic "and Amethi is one of them."

Party spokesperson Manish Tewari said notwithstanding what the UP government does, "Amethi was, it is and will always remain intrinsically connected to the contributions of the Nehru-Gandhi family."

-PTI