Two days after Congress state president Raj Babbar wrote to Governor Ram Naik raising concerns over law and order situation in the state and accusing him of being silent on the issue, Naik replied denying the allegations and objecting to Babbar’s language.
“Rajniti mein samvaidhanik padon ka samman loktantra ki pehchan hoti hai.. apki bhasha sarvatha uchit nahi hai, eska mujhe khed hai. (In politics, respect of constitutional posts is a sign of democracy.. your language is not appropriate and I regret that),” Naik wrote to Babbar. “Yeh zaroor hai ki main rajpal ki garima ke anuroop bolta hun… Sabhya bhasha mein apne vichar rakhta hun, na ki aap ki shaili mein… (I speak as per the decorum of a Governor… I present my thoughts in a decent language and not like you..).”
On the law and order front, Naik reposed faith in his government and said that it is doing a fine job.
“Sarkar bhi samvedansheel hai aur nirantar jagrukta se kaam kar rahi hai (The government is sensitive and ever vigilant on the issue),” he wrote, adding that he has also forwarded the letter of Babbar along with his own reply to the Chief Minister.
Citing the murder of Lucknow resident Vivek Tiwari by a policeman in September and allegations of fake encounters in the state, Babbar had pointed out that all eyes were on the Governor. “Vipaksha ke liye yeh chinta ki baat hai ki mahamahim Rajyapal ki akhir kaisi majboori ki woah chup hain (The Opposition wonders what has made the honourable Governor so helpless that he is silent),” he wrote.
Babbar had further pointed out that the Governor House is a lively and sensitive institution, whose pro-activeness has always been felt by the people of
To this, the Governor responded: “Yeh baat bilkul sahi nahi hai ki meri koi majbor hai, main chup hun ya kisi ne Rajbhawan ki wani par viram nahi lagaya hai. (It absolutely wrong that I am helpless or that someone has silenced the Governor’s House).”
The Governor made his response public citing that Babbar too had done so.
Babbar, meanwhile, said that he respected the Governor’s office. “The Governor is our guardian and I respect him. We have our expectations. All I want to say is that I was just raising the law and order issue. It is sad that he felt that way. I will not reply to this..,” Babbar told The Indian Express.