Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S Jagan Mohan Reddy has accorded revenue division status to Kuppam on Opposition leader N. Chandrababu Naidu's request. "On the appeal made by Kuppam MLA, we included Kuppam in the list of 21 new revenue divisions," the Chief Minister said during the formal inauguration of 13 new districts on Monday. He said Mr. Naidu, who was Chief Minister for 14 years, had failed to set up Kuppam as a revenue division. With the inclusion of 21 new revenue divisions, the total number has gone up to 72 from 51.
Among the new districts, one district is named NTR after the founder of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP). Another existing district is already named after another former Chief Minister, YSR.
Jagan said that a tribal region has been named after Alluri Seetharamaraju, a tribal leader who fought the British during the Freedom Movement. Parvathipuram Manyam also has a history of revolt while Palanadu and Bapatla have their historic significance during and before the struggle for Independence. He added that the names Tirupati, Annamayya, and Sri Satya Sai districts were apt for these districts known for their temples.
Jagan added that Anakapalle, Kakinada, and Eluru were Parliament constituencies in Visakhapatnam, East Godavari, and West Godavari, respectively, while Konaseema is an extended district of the former Amalapuram constituency.
The new districts were formed in accordance with the public opinion after due consideration of 17,500 representations from the people. "The government had taken various factors into consideration, including sentiments of the people, in carving the new districts," said Jagan.