Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday justified his government's decision to rename eight districts in his state, saying a decision in this regard was taken because the new names kept during the BSP rule were not easy to remember.
Akhilesh said the Samajwadi Party (SP) Government has once again reverted to the old names of the said towns and districts.
"We have kept the names by which those towns were known earlier. The old government had changed those names. The names of the places were not easy to remember. New names had been created; we have once again kept the old names of those towns," Akhilesh said during an interaction at the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Government headed by Mayawati had named the districts earlier in its tenure.
The decision to change the names was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Akhilesh Yadav.
Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Nagar will now be known as Amethi, while Rambai Nagar will be called Kanpur Dehat. The names of Bheem Nagar, Prabuddha Nagar and Panchseel Nagar have been changed to Sambhal, Shamli and Hapur respectively.
Similarly, Kanshiram Nagar, Mahamaya Nagar and JP Nagar will now be known as Kasganj, Hathras and Amroha respectively.
The name of the 105-year-old King George's Medical University (KGMU), which was changed to Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University during the BSP regime, was also restored. The alumni of KGMU are working in the U.S., Canada, Australia and England and know the university by its old name.
Mayawati had hit back at the Akhilesh Yadav Government following the developments.
"New districts were created during BSP regime and named after Dalit and OBC icons so that they always remain a source of inspiration for the society," said Mayawati in a statement.
"The decision of the SP government is very painful and condemnable. I think that (by doing so) SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and his Chief Minister son Akhilesh have got their names written in black letters in the pages of history," she added. (ANI)