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The News Minute | November 21, 2014 | 2:30 pm IST The suggestion to rename the domestic terminal at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport after N.T Rama Rao took a drastic turn in the Telangana assembly sessions in Hyderabad on Friday. Chief Minister K. Chandrasekar Rao branded it as an insult to Telangana and added that Rajiv Gandhi sacrificed for the country and he deserved an airport named after him. He also emphasized that if the domestic terminal at the Hyderabad airport had to be renamed, it should be renamed after one of Telangana’s figures like Ravi Narayana Reddy or Komaram Bheem and not on an Andhra one. He also suggested former Prime Minister P.V Narsimha Rao’s name, who was from Telangana and suggested that the state should give more importance to its own history and culture. The Union Civil Aviation Ministry on Thursday, issued an order naming the domestic terminal at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA), Hyderabad after N T Rama Rao, the founder of Telugu Desam Party which sparked off a controversy among pro Telangana politicians. Even Pro Telangana Congress leaders like V. Hanumantha Rao staged a dharna and protested against the suggestion to rename the airport and were detained by the police. Hanumantha Rao stated that he had no problem with Chandrababu Naidu re- naming the Vijaywada airport after NTR if he wanted to and also claimed that Chandrababu Naidu took this move out of fear considering the recent crossovers of TDP members to the TRS
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