Days after the Karnataka cabinet decided to name Shivamogga airport, which is currently under construction, after former chief minister BS Yediyurappa, the leader wrote to the chief minister on Sunday asking for his name to be removed of the project.
The state cabinet had taken the decision to name the airport after the BJP leader on Wednesday and the proposal was to be sent to the civil aviation ministry. However, the decision was not well received in various quarters amid demands to name him after freedom fighters or the poet Kuvempu who hailed from the district.
In his letter to Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, Yedyiurappa said, “I express my gratitude for taking the decision to name the airport after me, but there are many people who have served the country and contributed to the development of the country. . I think giving my name to the airport is not a good decision and I ask you to review the decision and name it after someone who has contributed to the betterment of the nation.
His letter comes after the government’s decision drew widespread criticism on social media. Many have sought to find out why the airport was named after Yediyurappa, who faces corruption allegations. Many have suggested that the airport is named after writers such as Kuvempu, GS Shivarudrappa, UR Ananthamurthy, socialist leader Shanthaveri Gopalgowda and others.
According to Bommai, the airport will be ready for inauguration in December and will have the longest runway, stretching 3,299 meters, after Bangalore Airport. “It would be an airport with international standards where an Airbus can land. The airport will give a big boost to education, health services and industrialization in Shivamogga,” Bommai added.