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Karnataka government wants to change Ramanagara district name as it has ‘Ram’ in it: BJP

A delegation led by Deputy CM DK Shivakumar met CM Siddaramaiah at the Vidhana Soudha on July 9 and sought the creation of a new Bengaluru South district from five taluks surrounding Bengaluru.

Edited By: Sheenu Sharma @20sheenu Bengaluru Updated on: July 10, 2024 9:21 IST
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Image Source : DK SHIVAKUMAR (X) Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah and Deputy CM DK Shivakumar in a meeting.

Karnataka BJP on Tuesday (July 9) said that the state government wants to change the name of Ramanagara district to Bengaluru South as it has ‘Ram’ in it.  “They only want to change it as there is ‘Ram’ in the name of Ramanagar. Only the Congress government can do this. We cannot accept it,” former Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister CN Ashwath Narayan said.

He said that the move to change the name was initiated by Deputy Chief Minister D.K. Shivakumar. “He will never develop the Ramanagara district. He has also moved the medical college to his native Kanakapura. The people won’t accept this,” the former Chief Minister said. 

HD Kumaraswamy's son on Ramanagara district name change 

Nikhil Kumaraswamy, son of Union Minister for Heavy Industries and Steel HD Kumaraswamy, also questioned the hidden agenda behind changing the Ramanagara’s name. “It is no secret that for whose appeasement this name change is being done,” he said.

He said that it is part of a conspiracy to make the district a heaven for the real estate mafia. “Appeasement of few is another angle. There is a conspiracy to snatch the identity of Ramanagara district which has got a special place in state politics,” he said.

Creation of Bengaluru South district

On Tuesday (July 9), a delegation led by Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar met Chief Minister Siddaramaiah at the Vidhana Soudha and sought the creation of a new Bengaluru South district from five taluks surrounding Bengaluru.

The delegation also urged the government to rename Ramanagara District as Bengaluru South district, with Ramanagara city as its headquarters.

“Our objective is to extend the benefits of the reputation of the global city of Bengaluru to the people of Ramanagara, Magadi, Kanakapura, Channapatna, and Harohalli taluks, which are located close to Bengaluru city,” Deputy Chief Minister Shivakumar said after meeting the Chief Minister. 

"To keep the fame and glory of the district we have discussed with everyone in Ramnagara, Magdi and Kanakapura and today in my leadership we have given a representation to the CM, instead of Ramanagara we want it to be renamed as Bengaluru South District, though Ramnagara will remain as district headquarter," said Shivakumar.

Ramanagara District was initially approved by HD Kumaraswamy.

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