The Andhra Pradesh government’s proposal to rename the NTR University of Health Sciences (NTRUHS) after former Chief Minister late YS Rajasekhara Reddy has met with strong opposition in Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s home district Kadapa.
Leaders from social and political sectors have demanded the government to withdraw the move.
TDP politburo member and Kadapa parliamentary constituency candidate R. Srinivas Reddy said the move reflects YSRCP’s hatred towards NT Rama Rao.
“The chief minister stole ₹450 crore from the treasury of the university, left no money even for its convocation, and now stole its name,” he said angrily.
Former minister Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy wondered how YSR could fit in the name of the university which was established in 1986 by the late NTR.
“In 1996, the then Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu named it after its founder. Even YSR may not have appreciated the move to rename the university after him, he urged the YSRC government to think beyond undoing the good work done by his predecessors.
TDP’s state organizing secretary Balisetty Hariprasad led a team of party workers to perform ‘palabhishek’ at the statue of NT Rama Rao in Kadapa.
“YSR had nothing to his credit by the time the age-old institution was established,” he said.
In Kamalapuram, State Secretary Kashibhatla Satya Sainath Sharma staged Rasta Roko at Ambedkar Circle.
He said that the manner in which the issue was raised online in the cabinet meeting shows the malice of the government.
Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) working president N. Tulsi Reddy termed the move as “immoral” and “unfortunate”.
“Despite having many schemes in the name of YSR, why is it still necessary for the Chief Minister to rename NTRUHS after YSR?”, he appealed to them to nurture such ‘extreme ideas’.
BJP state spokesperson G. Bhanuprakash Reddy condemned the move and urged the rulers to leave a strong impression on the hearts of the people instead of taking such cosmetic steps.