HYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh Government today gave its nod for renaming Kadapa district as "YSR district" after former Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy.
Rajasekhara Reddy, who was killed in a helicopter crash in the Nallamala forest range on September 2 last year, hailed from Kadapa district.
The Congress government initially wanted to rename Kadapa as Y S Rajasekhara Reddy Kadapa district.
"Since the name is too long and also since the former Chief Minister is most popular as YSR, the Cabinet decided to rename Kadapa as YSR district," Information and Tourism Minister J Geeta Reddy told newspersons at the end of the Cabinet meeting here.
The district in-charge Minister Galla Aruna Kumari suggested that the name be shortened to YSR district and the Cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister K Rosaiah, approved the new name, she said.
A notification in this regard will soon be issued.
The Cabinet also decided to commemorate YSR's birth anniversary on July 8 on a grand scale across the state.
"Since the Cabinet decided in principle to celebrate the birth anniversary, it will be a state event," Geeta Reddy said.
'Total name change not acceptable to us'
KADAPA: The State Cabinet’s decision of renaming Kadapa district after former chief minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy, has evoked mixed response from people and political parties.
A majority of people opposed renaming of the district with a rich history. The name of YSR could be added as a prefix or a suffix in recognition of the rich contribution of the former chief minister to the development of the district. But the word Kadapa should be retained, they said.
The very word Kadapa has much historical significance since the British Raj. In fact the district got a mention even before. A Greek scientist Tolami belonging to the second century AD called Kadapa as Karige or Kerepe. The town was called Kripa Nagaram or Kripavathy. In Sanskrit Kripa means kindness.
Later, the English historians Col Wilks and Tarnton mentioned Kadapa as Kurpa in their writings. The name of Kadapa was also written as Kadupai and used as Kadapa in spoken language.
Notwithstanding the government’s move in changing the district name, district CPM and CPI secretaries B Narayana and P Krishna Murthy said: “We have no objection if the government adds the name of YSR before or after Kadapa. But, the total change of the name was not at all acceptable to us.’’
Vehemently objecting the State government’s decision, Telugu Desam Party leader M Venkataswamy Reddy said: “The district gave birth to great persons like Pothuluri Veerabrahmendra Swamy and Annamayya.
It might be proper if one of the two names were chosen for the district. But, naming it as YSR district is nothing but erasing Kadapa’s rich history and heritage at one stroke.’’
DCC president K Suresh Babu welcomed the decision of renaming the district as YSR district. The great person, who strove for the welfare of people and development of the State, deserves the honour, he said.