Dubbing the move of the Uttar Pradesh Government to create a new district carved out of Rahul Gandhi's constituency as "unacceptable", Congress today said Amethi will always remain intrinsically connected to the Nehru-Gandhi family.
"Kar diya, to apna bhi naam badal diya hota (while changing the name of Amethi, they should have changed their name also)," Minority Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said in a sarcastic manner.
He said some names in the country were symbolic "and Amethi is one of them."
Khurshid termed the move as "unfair, unnecessary and unacceptable".
Party spokesperson Manish Tewari said notwithstanding what the UP government does, "Amethi was, it is and will always remain intrinsically connected to the contributions of the Nehru-Gandhi family."
Spread over 3,070 sq km area, the new district named Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj will have five tehsils -- Amethi, Gauriganj, Musafirkhana of Sultanpur district and Salon and Tiloi of Rae Bareli district -- 16 development blocks and 17 police stations.
All these tehsils fall within the Amethi parliamentary constituency, represented by Rahul Gandhi who had drawn Mayawati's ire for his campaign to woo the Dalits in the state.