Governor Ram Naik has refused to attend a function in Lucknow on Sunday where state’s tallest flag post is scheduled to be unveiled, at Janeshwar Mishra Park, on the occasion of Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s 76th birthday.
The Governor is unhappy over the manner in which he was invited by the Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) for the function. A simple letter from LDA vice-chairman Satyendra Singh inviting Governor to the function had reached Raj Bhavan Friday evening.
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Naik was also not happy at his name being mentioned in the invite sent to the media. Apart from the Governor’s name, the invite mentions that Mulayam and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav will be present at the function to unveil the 207-ft high flag mast.
Naik, who was in Pune for a programme of National Longevity organisation, was informed by his office about the invitation. On Saturday, he called up LDA vice-chairman Satyendra Singh to convey his unhappiness and also asked him to communicate it to the Chief Minister.
“There is certain protocol and decorum of office that has to be followed. I was invited two months ago for this programme in Pune, which I came to attend. However, for the programme in Lucknow, I had no prior information and a simple invitation reached my office just a day ago,” the Governor told The Indian Express over phone from Pune.
Naik said that his name has been printed on the invitation cards, but his consent for the same was never taken. “I have conveyed my unhappiness to LDA vice-chairman, who has apologised for his mistake. But such lacunae is not acceptable. I have asked him to inform about it to the Chief Minister as well since he would also be part of the function and should know about my absence,” added Naik.
contacted, LDA vice-chairman claimed that the Governor’s consent for attending the event had been sought through his principal secretary. “But, till Friday late evening, neither Governor’s consent nor denial was received. Hence his name was printed on the invitation card in expectation,” said Singh.
(With inputs from Lalmani Verma)