Updated: July 5, 2021 1:56:52 am
The Raj Bhawan on Sunday distanced itself from the matter of Rajasthan vice-chancellors going for the launch of the Governor’s biography and returning with cartons of its copies and a bill.
A statement posted from the official Twitter handle of Raj Bhawan on Sunday said “certain news has been circulated regarding the marketing of the book Kalraj Mishra – Nimitt Maatra Hoon Main, which was launched in Raj Bhawan on July 1”.
“This is primarily personal information between the publisher IIME, the research institute, and the buyer. The publisher had published the book and sought permission to release it in the Raj Bhawan, which was granted. The Raj Bhawan has no role, no affiliation of any sort in the business activities of marketing the book,” the statement said.
The Indian Express on Sunday reported that after the launch of a biography of Governor Kalraj Mishra on his 80th birthday on July 1, vice-chancellors of all 27 state universities in Rajasthan had a meeting with him and then proceeded to their official vehicles. Waiting for each of them in their vehicles were two cartons of books, with a bill of
Rs 68,383 for 19 copies of the Governor’s biography in hardcover coffee table format, while one additional copy of the biography was for free.
Raj Bhawan officials said that Raj Bhawan was “merely” a venue and that the invitations to dignitaries, such as Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and others, were sent by the International Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship (IIME), Jaipur.
A vice-chancellor said, “Then how did the books enter Raj Bhawan and later in every vehicle of a V-C?” The V-C said if, without the knowledge of Raj Bhawan, “cartons of a book can enter into the vehicles of V-Cs, then the security of Raj Bhawan and V-Cs was greatly compromised.”
Congress chief whip Mahesh Joshi said, “The Governor’s is a constitutional post and commands immense respect. I don’t know why this controversy came about, but if there is a controversy, then I believe the Governor will clear the air.”