Assam govt drops Rajiv Gandhi’s name from Orang National Park

“The Chief Minister took the decision after meeting the representatives of the Tea Tribe and Adivasi community. They have been requesting the name change for quite sometime now,” said Pijush Hazarika, I&PR Minister after a meeting.

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GUWAHATI: 

The Assam cabinet on Wednesday dropped former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s name from the Orang National Park. The Himanta Biswa Sarma-led government changed the name of the oldest forest reserve in the state stating that the decision was made after "taking cognizance of the Adivasi and Tea Tribe Community’s demands”.

“The Chief Minister took the decision after meeting the representatives of the Tea Tribe and Adivasi community. They have been requesting the name change for quite sometime now,” said Pijush Hazarika, I&PR Minister after a meeting.

The development comes weeks after the Centre dropped Rajiv Gandhi’s name from the Khel Ratna award.

The move, however, has been vehemently criticised by the Congress. Terming it as an “insult to martyrs”, Congress MP from Assam, Gaurav Gogoi, over a tweet, said that the day Congress comes to power in Assam, they will revoke the decision.

“When the next Congress Government is formed in the state of Assam, on the first day we will cancel the decision of the BJP government to remove the name of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi from the Orang National Park. Indian culture teaches us to respect martyrs, unlike RSS (sic)." tweeted Gogoi.

Covering an area of 79.28 sq km, the Orang National Park was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1985, and was upgraded to a national park in 1999.

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