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House adjourned over airport renaming

March 15, 2005 18:34 IST

Renaming of the new international airport near Hyderabad after the late Congress leader Rajiv Gandhi sparked a furore in both houses of Parliament on Tuesday.

Members of Telugu Desam Party, Bharatiya Janata Party and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam forced adjournment of the Rajya Sabha.

TDP, AIADMK and BJP members also staged a walkout in the Lok Sabha.

Opposition members said renaming of the new greenfield airport at Shamsbad after dropping the name of the late N T Rama Rao hurt "Telugu pride".

In the Rajya Sabha, opposition members repeatedly rushed to the well raising slogans leading to two adjournments.

Deputy Chairman K Rehman Khan ruled that the renaming decision taken at the Cabinet meeting on Monday night could not be changed.

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Sub: re-naming obsession

I dont understand the obsession of the congress party to name all the public places - gardens, airports, universities et al after the Gandhi family. ...

Posted by parimala

Sub: Rename with a Local Leaders Name

I fully/ wholeheartedly support the opposition parties for fighting... Are they not any other Leaders either national or local... who are greater or more popular ...

Posted by Anil

Sub: Furore over airport naming

Instead of consesus, the ruling party has ram-rodded thier version of the name of the new airport, saying that a cbainet decision is binding and ...

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Sub: Rajiv Gandhi has done noting for Hyderabad

Rajiv Gandhi is not a national hero nor has done anything for development of Hyderabad. Hence Hyderabad Airport must be named after a regional hero ...

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