Orang National Park not renamed, just removed affix to respect local sentiments: Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma
Clarifying the government’s stand on the changing of Orang National Park’s name, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday said that the name of the oldest forest reserve in the state has not being changed but “restored it to its original name”.
Sarma further added that no national park in Assam is named after any person and his government has only undone what the Congress government did in 2005 “to honour the local sentiments”.
Sarma took to a popular micro-blogging website and wrote, “Wish to clear the air – Orang National Park has not being renamed/No National parks in Assam named after any person/In 2005, Govt broke this convention and name of the former PM Rajiv Gandhi was affixed/original named restored to honour local sentiments (sic).”
Earlier today, the Congress had vehemently criticised the move terming it an “insult to martyrs” and called it propaganda against the contributions made by Congress leaders over the years.
Speaking to The Northeast Today (TNT), Bobbeeta Sharma, spokesperson of Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (AICC) said, “The BJP is trying to write off the contributions of great leaders whose vision paved way for the development of the nation. Such acts of naming, renaming, re-write history are petty things of petty minds."
(Edited by Shankar Kumar Turha)
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