Governor Qureshi to meet public regularly, BJP questions move

As per Qureshi’s direction, from June 25 onwards any one can meet him at the Raj Bhavan, without any prior appointment between 11 am and 1 pm.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow | Published:June 25, 2014 3:44 am
Governor Aziz Qureshi (left) with All India Muslim Personal Law Board chief Maulana Rabey Hasani Nadvi at NADWA College, in Lucknow, Tuesday. (Pramod Singh) Governor Aziz Qureshi (left) with All India Muslim Personal Law Board chief Maulana Rabey Hasani Nadvi at NADWA College, in Lucknow, Tuesday. (Pramod Singh)

A day after taking charge, Uttar Pradesh Governor Aziz Qureshi Tuesday announced that Raj Bhavan doors will remain open for two hours everyday for those who wish to meet him without a prior appointment. The opposition BJP, however, questioned the Governor’s move to hold “janata darshan” when there was an elected government in the state.

As per Qureshi’s direction, from June 25 onwards (excluding holidays) any one can meet him at the Raj Bhavan, without any prior appointment between 11 am and 1 pm.

“He said that there should be no restriction on those who want to meet him and constitutionally there is nothing wrong with Governor meeting the public,” said a senior officer at the Raj Bhawan.

Sources, however, said that except during the President’s Rule in the state, those willing to meet the Governor have to seek an appointment.

Questioning the move, state BJP chief, Laxmikant Bajpai, in a written statement, said, “We respect the dignity of Governor. But before deciding to hold a janata darshan, the Governor should explain whether there is President’s rule in the state or if he has sent any recommendation to the Centre to impose the President’s rule.”

Stating that there was an elected government in place, Bajpai appealed to the Governor to review his decision.

Meanwhile, Qureshi, thanked President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh for “generosity and big heartedness” for “putting faith in me”.

In the day, he met Islamic seminary Nadwatul Uloom rector Maulana Rabey Hassan Nadwi. Another statement from Raj Bhavan said Governor would be visiting Varanasi June 30 on invitation of Panch Dashnam Akhara.

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