BJP MP Prathap Simha from Mysuru has written to Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai urging him to rename the Rajiv Gandhi Nagarhole National Park after field Marshal KM Cariappa.
Earlier, two Residents of the Kodagu district in Karnataka had launched an online petition to rename Rajiv Gandhi. Naveen Madappa Chekkera and Vinay Kayapanda launched an online petition through Change.org and has so far collected 65,000 signatures. The petition has been addressed to Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and PM Modi.
Himanta Biswa Sarma-led Assam Cabinet had recently decided to rename Rajiv Gandhi National Park as Orang National Park. Assam government spokesperson and Water Resources Minister Pijush Hazarika justified the decision to rename the Rajiv Gandhi National Park as the decision was taken after considering the demands of the Adivasi and tea tribe community.