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"Abdul Kalam Puraskar" is now "YSR Puraskar" as controversy erupts

05-11-201905-11-2019 13:28:26 IST
2019-11-05T07:58:26.506Z05-11-2019 2019-11-05T07:58:22.876Z - - 08-04-2020

"Abdul Kalam Puraskar" is now "YSR Puraskar" as controversy erupts


Ever since the YSRCP swept the Andhra Pradesh assembly elections earlier this year, a number of changes have been brought in to the state. From cancelling the Polavaram tenders, reviewing the PPAs and changing the colours of buildings among many others, the Jaganmohan Reddy government has been accused of not doing anything substantial apart from some cosmetic makeovers. 

All the above changes have been criticised by the opposition and even the central government intervened in cases such as reviewing the Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs). 

Joining the list of changes made by the Jaganmohan Reddy government is the annual prize distribution ceremony conducted by the government to recognise meritorious SSC students.  The award has now been renamed from "Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Pratibha Puraskar Awards" to "YSR Vidya Puraskar".

This move from the government has attracted huge criticism from both BJP and TDP. 

TDP chief N Chandrababu expressed his dissent on Twitter with #YSRCPInsultsAbdulKalam" and also shared a picture of the Government Order highlighting the government's "self-aggrandizement". 

BJP leader Lanka Dinakar condemned the government's move of changing the name and accused it of suppressing the name of 'real heroes' with that of 'kin in the dynasty politics'. 

TDP's National General Secretary and MP Ram Mohan Naidu also expressed anguish over the move. Attacking YSRCP on Twitter, he said that Dr APJ Abdul Kalam's name was associated with the award for its apolitical and educational nature. 

Extremely petty that these awards, now renamed after YSR, have not been spared the name-changing drive of the government," Naidu tweeted.

Sharat Bhamidi

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