Senior BJP leader M. Venkaiah Naidu urged the State Government to revoke its decision to rename Lalitha Kala Thoranam after Rajiv Gandhi and described it as an “unwise” move.

At a press conference here on Sunday, he flayed the government's decision and said it is not proper. It is akin to changing political parties. Lalitha Kala Thoranam was serving as a platform for holding cultural and other programmes over the years and questioned the need for changing the name.

State BJP president G. Kishan Reddy backed the demand of lawyers from coastal region for setting up a High Court bench between Vijayawada and Guntur. He urged Chief Minister K. Rosaiah to take up the issue with the Centre and, if need be, lead a delegation of the JAC of advocates to Delhi in this regard.

He said the BJP had passed a resolution seeking a High Court bench at Guntur in the past.

Meanwhile, the State Committee of Praja Natya Mandali has criticised the government's decision to name of Telugu Lalita Kala Thoranan after Rajiv Gandhi and demanded withdrawal of GO 1307 effecting the change.

M. Jugga Raju, president, and two other leaders, in a statement alleged that the change in the name of the biggest open-air theatre is part of a ‘conspiracy' to entrust its management to a private organisation.

They wanted the department to continue the old name and warned of launching an agitation by cultural organisations if the decision is not revoked. They said the organisation would not tolerate any attempt to create basic facilities in the auditorium by involving a private organisation.