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Sonia Gandhi writes to Modi, wants PM Awas Yojna renamed after Indira Gandhi

Congress president Sonia Gandhi Wednesday brought a resolution against renaming of the Indira Awas Yojna as Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna. The resolution will be sent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, demanding that the Centre must revert the decision.

The resolution was brought in a meeting of the District Vigilance and Monitoring Committee, which was chaired by Sonia Gandhi in Rae Bareli, her Lok Sabha constituency. The resolution was unanimously adopted by all the members, including four MLA's of the Samajwadi Party.

"Sonia Gandhi brought a proposal regarding renaming of Indira Awas Yojana. It was discussed that apart from being the former Prime Minister of the country, Indira Gandhi had also represented Rae Bareli in the Parliament and thus renaming of the scheme named after her should be opposed from here. All of us agreed and the resolution will now be sent to the Centre," said Manoj Pandey, SP MLA from Unchahar Assembly seat and also a minister in UP cabinet. District Magistrate Suryapal Gangwar said the resolution will be sent to the central government for consideration.

Pandey added that during the meeting he also raised the issue of work on AIIMS in Rae Bareli not progressing further. "Our Chief Minister has given them (Centre) land worth Rs 1,000 crore free of cost for the AIIMS. While efforts of the UP government in providing help to farmers affected with hailstorm was praised in the meeting, the decrease in release of funds by Centre was condemned," said Pandey.