The 'hasty' action of UP Guv sends state government in a tizzy

Sanjay Bhatnagar
Published on: 8 Jun 2018 10:35 AM GMT
The hasty action of UP Guv sends state government in a tizzy

Lucknow: Has Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik act in haste to forward complaint of a businessman against Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath without checking the credentials and veracity of the serious allegation?

The Governor shot off a letter, which assumed viral proposition later, to UP CM pointing out that his Principal Secretary SP Goyal had demanded Rs 25 lakh from the complainant Abhishek Gupta over transfer of a land for petrol pump in Hardoi district, adjacent to the state capital. A lot of hullabaloo followed prompting a BJP functionary to file FIR against the complainant under sections 419, 420 and 500 of IPC.

The Lucknow police took Abhishek Gupta in custody for questioning as one audio tape, he produced, had him in conversation with some top BJP leaders, which is vehemently denied by the ruling party terming the whole episode as 'farce'.

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Now a million dollar question! Should Ram Naik write a letter of such serious nature to the CM which happened to involve the CM secretariat and in turn the government? Issue assumed other propositions which were described by the party as 'uncalled for' and 'avoidable'.

When the Governor was asked about this, he had a simple reason to state that he used to forward complaints to whom it may concern. "This, of course is subjected to probe and the truth will come out," he stated later but not before the state government was put to an embarrassment while no one in the government or the party is willing to buy the theory of allegation.

Sanjay Bhatnagar

Sanjay Bhatnagar

Writer is a bi-lingual journalist with experience of about three decades in print media before switching over to digital media. He is a political commentator and covered many political events in India and abroad.

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