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Move to change Uttaranchal's name politically motivated: Members

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New Delhi, Dec 5 (UNI) Members in the Lok Sabha today alleged the proposed change in the name of Uttaranchal State to Uttarakhand had no logic and said it was being done with an eye on Assembly elections due early next year.

Initiating discussion on the Uttaranchal(Alternation of name) Bill 2006, Mr Bachchi Singh Rawat(BJP) said the name Uttarakhand was not backed by history or mythology.

The name Uttaranchal signified an integration of Purvanchal and Kumaon while the new name Uttarakhand would be lop-sided.

The name of the state was being sought to be changed because the Congress had made a commitment in its election manifesto that the name of the state would be changed to Uttarakhand, he said.

Mr K C Singh (Congress) said Uttarakhand was an old name. At the time the country achieved Independence the demand for creation of Uttarakhand was raised and thereafter agitations had been launched for creating the state.

The Congress had not made it a presitge issue but it was the voice of the people, he maintained.

Mr V Radhakrishnan(CPI-M) said changing the name Uttarakhand was illogical and absurd as there was no mythological or historical basis for it as claimed in moving the Bill for consideration. He charged that the move to change the name was prompted by political considerations.

Mr Ramji Lal Suman(SP) said the move to change the name was the result of a tussle between the Congress and the BJP. The agitation for a separate state was initially started in the name of Uttarakhand and the Congress had expressed its commitment to change the name to Uttarakhand.

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