Facing heat in Vyapam scam MP governor not invited to speak

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Sep 13, 2015 21:36 IST
Governor Ram Naresh Yadav (centre) talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi while chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan looks on during the inaugural function of the 10th World Hindi Conference in Bhopal on Thursday. (Praveen Bajpai/HT photo)

MP governor Ram Naresh Yadav, who is facing heat for allegedly recommending candidates for appointment in the Vyapam scam, was not invited to speak, despite sharing dais with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday during the inauguration of the 10th World Hindi Conference.

It is also perhaps the first time the Union external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and governor Ram Naresh Yadav shared the dais with the PM after the parliament logjam on Lalitgate and Vyapam scam.

Governor Yadav was one of the first visitors who occupied the dais ahead of the Prime Minister’s arrival.

Hardly did anyone exchange pleasantries with him, while his turn for customary welcome came after other dignitaries.

Union minister of state for external affairs VK Singh broke the discomfiture by welcoming Yadav, and in response, the governor almost hugged the minister.

Yadav also had a brief conversation with Modi, as the PM was leaving the venue after inaugurating the conference.

Modi’s ‘Hawalabaaz’ comments against the Congress after he landed here, however, sent a wave of jubilation in the ruling party which wanted Vyapam scam to be put on the backburner during the PM’s visit and the World Hindi Conference.

“Hawalabaaz or no hawalabaaz, the Prime Minister has already made his stand clear on Vyapam scam and Lalitgate by taking no action against them”, said a BJP leader talking to HT.

Senior journalist Prakash Hindustani said the governor’s arrival to and departure from the venue were not marked with recital of national anthem, which was a violation of the protocol associated with the post of governor.

Hindustani said it was unusual that the governor was not invited to speak during the inaugural function despite his being the first citizen of the state and his authority over Hindi language. “For the sake of his dignity, the governor himself should have avoided coming to the conference venue on any pretext,” Prakash said.

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