Uttar Pradesh Governor Wednesday asked the Assembly Speaker to provide him the unedited CD and transcript of the proceedings of the House on Tuesday when senior minister Azam Khan had blamed the Raj Bhavan for keeping on hold a Bill that allows action against mayors and alleged that Ram Naik did not want action against members of “one particular party”.
“The Governor has written to Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey asking him to provide unedited copy of the transcript, and audio and video CD of the proceedings of the House at the earliest,” said an official spokesperson of the Governor House.
The spokesperson said that the Governor wrote the letter after taking cognizance of newspaper reports about remarks on him made by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Azam Khan and others in the House on Tuesday. In his letter, the Governor said that he has come to know that while speaking on two Bills, including Uttar Pradesh Nagar Nigam (Amendment) Bill- 2015, pending with him, some members including Azam and even the Speaker had put forward their views. He further wrote that he wishes to examine and look into these statements and has thus asked for the unedited copy of the transcript as well as audio and video CD of the comments, the spokesperson added.
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Azam had earlier too engaged attacked the Raj Bhavan accusing Governor of being a “kar sevak” and “communally vitiating” the atmosphere in state at the behest of the Narendra Modi government at the Centre. On his part, Naik had reiterated that he was an RSS volunteer and maintained that there was mutual cooperation between him and the Uttar Pradesh government.
In a scathing four-page letter to the Governor last month, Azam had accused him of adopting a negative approach to him and claimed that he was receiving threats because of Naik’s statements. Khan even said he would raise the issue with President Pranab Mukherjee.
On Tuesday, Khan had accused the Governor of stalling several bills by not giving his assent. “A Bill (UP Nagar Nigam Amendment Bill 2015) is pending with the Governor for over one year, through which, mayors could be removed for financial irregularities… The Governor has stalled the Bill giving an impression that he is working under influence of a party,” Khan had said, adding the Bill was not given assent so that mayors could not be punished for their “dishonesty”.
Sources informed that till now Governor had avoided reacting to Azam’s previous statements. However, this he found allegations made against him in the Assembly as “offending” and thus wants to cross-check facts before taking any step.
Earlier, Naik had advised Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to stop Azam from giving derogatory statements against Raj Bhawan.
The controversial UP Nagar Nigam (Amendment) Bill 2015, which vests the state government with power to remove mayors besides curtailing the power of local bodies, was passed in the House last year. The Bill provides for enhancing the financial powers of chairman of Nagarpalika and Nagar Panchayat to Rs 5 lakh and Rs 1 lakh respectively, while pegging that of the mayor at Rs 15 lakh.
It also provides for merger of UP Nagar Nigam Act, 1959 and UP Nagar Palika Act, 1916. It has provisions for removal of mayor of municipal corporations, and Nagarpalika and Nagar Panchayat chairpersons by the government.
The Uttar Pradesh Mayor Council had urged the Governor not to approve the bill.
Certain other bills pending with the Raj Bhawan include Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University (Amendment) Bill 2015 and UP Medical Science University, Saifai, Bill 2015.
According to sources, the Governor had expressed reservation over appointment of chief secretary as the president of Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University and CM as the chancellor of Saifai Medical University.