The State government has amended its orders renaming the Telugu Lalita Kala Thoranam and converting the open air auditorium into a closed one.

In the face of mounting criticism from Opposition parties, the Telugu Desam in particular, the government slightly modified its October 22 orders on renaming the Lalita Kala Thoranam as Rajiv Gandhi Lalita Kala Thoranam. The auditorium will now be called “Rajiv Gandhi Telugu Lalita Kala Thoranam', according to the fresh order issued on Sunday.

The issue raised a furore with the main Opposition strongly objecting naming the largest open air auditorium after Rajiv Gandhi claiming it to be an insult to Telugus.

The change in the name was undesirable as it would not set a good precedent, the TDP claimed.