The government of Andhra Pradesh renamed the decades-old Maharaja government headquarter hospital as Government General Hospital on Thursday. Some of the officials have fixed a billboard that comes with the new name on Thursday evening, and the trespassers were surprised at witnessing it on Friday morning.
This act is similar to the renaming of NTR Health University as YSR Health University, done by the YSRC government in the previous month. The hospital was erected decades ago by the Maharajas of the Vizianagaram dynasty represented by the Pusapati family. It is constructed on 22 acres of land, of which 12 acres are lying vacant.
Again, the opposition party, TDP, took strong exception to the YSRC government renaming the hospital. Chandrababu Naidu in his tweet, said that the change of the name in Vizianagaram was another tughlaqian act of Jagan Mohan Reddy. Naidu said Jagan’s attitude has not changed. He has to back down on the decisions he is committing in opposition to the people’s wishes.
On the other hand, Nara Lokesh said Jagan was deriving sadistic pleasure in changing the names of pre-eminent institutions. As Jagan failed to develop the states, he is doing so, said Lokesh. The ex-MLA of Vizianagaram Meesala Gita also restricted the name change of the hospital.
She said the Maharajas of Vizianagaram established the hospital in their land when the government had no funds to do so. The government should concentrate on development rather than changing names of existing reputed institutions.