06-11-201906-11-2019 08:05:45 IST
2019-11-06T02:35:45.230Z06-11-2019 2019-11-06T02:35:41.187Z - - 09-04-2020
After a massive outcry over government's move to rename 'Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Pratibha Puraskar' on Tuesday, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy within hours scrapped the government order claiming that the GO was passed without his knowledge. Earlier on Tuesday, a GO surfaced which stated that government's annual award ceremony to honour meritorious students will now be called 'YSR Vidya Puraskar' in place of 'Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Pratibha Puraskar'.
This GO lead to a massive outrage on the social media with TDP and BJP leaders terming the move as 'shameful' and self-aggrandisement. TDP Chief N Chandrababu Naidu, National General Secretary Ram Mohan Naidu and State BJP President Kanna Laxminarayana came down heavily on the YSRCP government over the insult to the former President Dr Abdul Kalam. Chandrababu Naidu even took to Twitter with #YSRCPInsultsAbdulKalam
The awards are given every year to meritorious students on 11th November on the occasion of National Education Day. Dr Kalam's name has been associated with the award for his contribution towards education and for being apolitical in nature. Politicising such an award did not go down well with a number of commoners as well.
Popular as YSR, Dr. Rajasekhara Reddy was the father of CM Jaganmohan Reddy and a former CM of united Andhra Pradesh. Ever since YSRCP came to power in May, many welfare schemes were renamed. Most of the schemes are now named after YSR.
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