Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik on Wednesday made a strong objection over Akhilesh Yadav‘s tweet calling him a “campaigner for
the BJP”. He said the SP chief “disrespected those occupying constitutional posts”.
A Raj Bhawan statement said Naik has written a letter to Yadav over his Tuesday’s tweet. Referring to reports in a section of the media, Naik said Yadav has been quoted as saying “Governor and government agencies were campaigning for the BJP and today itself, the Governor has gone to visit some people
involved in an incident in Lucknow.”
Naik said he had visited the family of an accident victim in the state capital which he considers as his duty. The Governor said he had not visited any public programme nor issued any statement since the announcement of elections. “I think that such a talk at election time is not appropriate and is not expected of you,” Naik said.
On Tuesday, the SP chief had tweeted, “BJP’s election issues: Opposition and chowkidar. BJP’s campaigners: Governor, government agencies and media.”
Naik and Yadav had a strained relationship even when the latter was the chief minister. In fact, last year, Naik asked the state government to take action over the reported damage to the bungalow vacated by Yadav.
In a letter to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Naik cited media reports about the damage at 4, Vikramaditya Marg and called it a “serious matter”.
“The residences allocated to the former chief ministers belong to the Estates department and their maintenance is done through the taxpayers’ money,” he wrote.
“The state government needs to take proper action as per the rules into the damages caused to the state’s property,” Ram Naik said.
The bungalow was vacated by the Samajwadi Party leader in compliance with a Supreme Court order that former chief ministers were not entitled to any government accommodation in Lucknow.
Yadav had denied all allegations while claiming it was an attempt by the BJP to defame him.