UP govt issues notification for creation of Amethi as new district

In Uttar Pradesh, a fresh notification has been issued for creation of Amethi as a new district. As per notification issued by the state government, three tehsils of Sultanpur and one of Rae Bareli will be included in new district.

Amethi is Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi's parliamentary constituency, while Rae Bareli is Congress President Sonia Gandhi's constituency.

The High Court had in April 2013 quashed the UP government's notification of July 2010, following a public interest litigation which contested that Amethi cannot be given the status of a district as the census was going on when the notification issued.

AIR correspondent reports that the fresh notification has brought four assembly constituencies-Tiloi, Gauriganj, Amethi and Musafirkhana under the umbrella of Amethi, the parliamentary constituency of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.

Salon assembly constituency, which existed in Chhatrapati Sahuji Maharajnagar Constituency, created during Mayawati government, has been merged with Rae Bareli, the parliamentary seat of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

Former PM Rajiv Gandhi had won four Lok Sabha elections from Amethi in 1982, 1985, 1989 and 1991.
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