GUWAHATI: The famous national park is located on the northern bank of the Brahmaputra River in the Darrang and Sonitpur districts of Assam was renamed Orang National park on Thursday. It is renowned for it’s rich floura and fauna and various types of animals such Asian elephant, Indian rhinoceros, pygmy hog, wild water buffalo and Bengal tiger. Previously known as Rajiv Gandhi Orang National Park, the Assam cabinet decided to remove Rajiv Gandhi from national park’s name.
The state government asserted that the decision has been taken after many organisation had approached the state government to change the name of the park. The decision was taken by the state Cabinet after “taking cognizance of the Adivasi and Tea Tribe Community’s demands”, a release from the Chief Minister’s Office said.
Orang National Park which is also know as mini-Kaziranga because of it’s resemblance to the famous national park in terms of Topography and it’s rich population of one-horned Rhino, it’s named changed to Rajiv Gandhi Orang National Park in 1999 when the park was upgraded to the status of national park by then ruling Congress party in Assam.
After the Rajiv Gandhi’s name was removed from the national park’s name, Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi tweeted: “When the next Congress Government is formed in the state of Assam, on the first day we will cancel the decision of the BJP government to remove the name of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi from the Orang National Park. Indian culture teaches us to respect martyrs unlike RSS.” disagreeing over the name change.