Dehradun: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna on Thursday said the decision to rename various schemes is not politically motivated and said Deen Dayal Upadhyay 108 emergency medical service would also be renamed, a move being opposed by BJP.

"The renaming of various schemes is not politically motivated and it has been done as per the aspirations of the people of the state. We just want to honour our great leaders," Bahuguna told reporters.
 
The state cabinet had at its meeting on Tuesday decided to rename five Shyama Prasad Mukherjee residential schools as Rajiv Gandhi Navodaya Vidyalaya and Deen Dayal Upadhyay Affiliating University as Sridev Suman Affiliating University.

Defending the decision, Bahuguna said Shyama Prasad Mukherjee and Deen Dayal Upadhyay could be the leader of BJP but certainly they were not national leaders and also they had no contribution to Uttarakhand.

In this regard, he said the government would also change the name of Deen Dayal Upadhyay 108 emergency medical service.

The Chief Minister, however, refused to disclose the name of the leader after whom it would be named and said it would be known after the matter comes up in the cabinet.

Bahuguna, however, made it clear that the schemes initiated after the name of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee would not be renamed stating that he is a national leader and he was the Prime Minister of the country.

"The names of schemes like Atal foodgrain scheme and Atal housing scheme would not be changed, " he said.
 
Meanwhile, a BJP delegation today met Governor Aziz Qureshi and sought his intervention on the issue of renaming of various schemes.

The delegation, led by former Chief Minister B C Khanduri and former Speaker of state assembly Harbans Kapoor, also submitted a memorandum to him and urged him to direct the state government to immediately withdraw the decision to rename projects.

(Agencies)

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