Condemning the state government’s move to rename the Lalitha Kala Thoranam after former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, Telugu Desam Party Legislators on Thursday took out a padayatra from Assembly premises to the open air theatre in Public Gardens.
Raising slogans against the government’s move to rename the Lalitha Kala Thoranam, TDP Legislator Dadi Veerabhadra Rao demanded scrapping of the Government Order 1307 issued in this regard, immediately.
Mr Veerabhadra Rao alleged that the renaming of Thoranam would hurt the sentiments and emotions attached to crores of Telugu people and appealed to government to retain the old name itself.
He suspected ulterior motive behind the MP and Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science & Technology Chairman T Subbarami Reddy, who is contributing funds for the revamping of the Thoranam.
Mr Veerabhadra Rao alleged that Mr Subbarami Reddy has contributed funds for refurbishing the Lalitha Kala Thoranam in order to protect his seat and seeking blessings of AICC president Sonia Gandhi.
The TDP leaders warned of serious consequences if the government does not withdraw its GO on renaming of Thoranam.
The TDP would intensify its agitation against renaming of Thoranam in the city until the government withdraws the GO, the protestors warned.
TDP legislators Motukupalli Narsimhulu, Tadipatri Veerabhadra Rao, Seeta Dayakar, T Krishna Reddy and Talasani Srinivasa Yadav took part in the padayatra.