Karnataka Cabinet to Discuss Renaming Ramanagara District to 'Bengaluru South'
Karnataka Cabinet to Discuss Renaming Ramanagara District to 'Bengaluru South'

BANGALORE: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah announced on Wednesday that the State Cabinet will soon consider a proposal to rename Ramanagara district as 'Bengaluru South.' This proposal, requiring Cabinet approval, is supported by local leaders, including Deputy Chief Minister D K Shivakumar, who believe residents feel a stronger connection to Bengaluru.

Siddaramaiah noted that the renaming proposal is backed by a memorandum he received, which highlights that Ramanagara town, located about 50 kilometers from Bengaluru, will continue to serve as the district headquarters.

The proposal has sparked controversy. JD(S) leader and Union Minister H D Kumaraswamy criticized the plan, vowing to reverse it if he becomes Chief Minister again. Kumaraswamy suggested that the renaming is motivated by real estate interests. In response, Siddaramaiah dismissed these allegations and questioned the likelihood of Kumaraswamy returning to power.

Supporters of the renaming argue that it will bring more recognition and development opportunities to the district. They believe aligning Ramanagara more closely with Bengaluru can attract investments and improve infrastructure, benefiting the local population in the long run.

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