UTTAR PRADESH Governor Ram Naik on Friday wrote to Assembly Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey, questioning whether Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan was capable of being the state parliamentary affairs minister. He also pointed out that Khan’s use of language is not in accordance with the dignity, decorum and tradition of the Assembly.
On March 8, Khan had reportedly targeted Raj Bhavan for sitting on a Bill that allows action against mayors. He had said in the Assembly that it appeared that Governor did not wish to take action against members of “one particular party”. He was referring to the Uttar Pradesh Nagar Nigam (Amendment) Bill-2015 that was passed last year by the state Assembly.
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Taking cognizance of media reports, Naik had written to the Speaker on March 9, seeking unedited copy of the proceedings — both in transcript and CD formats. The same was handed over to him recently. Naik had also sought the edited copy of Khan’s statement from the Assembly library.
The Governor, in his letter — written in Hindi — has also expressed the desire to personally meet the Speaker, as the latter had reportedly said in the House that the “Governor should seriously think on Bills related to public welfare” and that “he would personally convey the feelings of the minister (Khan) to Raj Bhavan”.