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Raj Bhawan boils over Azam remarks

URBAN DEVELOPMENT Minister Mohd Azam Khan has once again forced the Raj Bhawan to summon Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, this time to express its displeasure at Khan?s recent utterances.

india Updated: Apr 25, 2006 01:35 IST

Tells CM to ask the minister to behave

URBAN DEVELOPMENT Minister Mohd Azam Khan has once again forced the Raj Bhawan to summon Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, this time to express its displeasure at Khan’s recent utterances.

If earlier it was over Khan’s statements on Jauhar University Bill, this time round the CM was called due to the minister’s comments on the governor’s proposed visit to Rampur on April 26.

Khan has threatened to oppose the entry of Governor TV Rajeswar into Rampur if he went to the Gandhi Samadhi along with Congress leaders. The Congress had been carrying out a campaign against Khan over the shifting of the samadhi for the purpose of road widening. It is learnt that the governor took a serious view of the statement and told the Chief Minister to rein in the minister and ask him to behave properly while in public life.

The governor also told the Chief Minister that violation of constitutional norms would lead to serious repercussions.

To prove his point, Rajeswar reportedly showed the Chief Minister newspaper clippings carrying Khan’s statement.

While discussing his visit to riot-torn Aligarh and Meerut, where a fire tragedy killed nearly 100 people, the governor said he would most certainly go to Rampur on April 26. Besides visiting the historical Raza Library, the governor will also visit the Gandhi Samadhi.

The governor is also scheduled to visit Noor Mahal, residence of Congress leader Noor Bano, to have lunch. Khan and Noor Bano are known rivals.

Khan, who is not pulling on well with the governor because of spiking of the controversial Maulana Mohd Ali Jauhar University bill, had said that the governor’s visit to Rampur would be opposed. Incidentally, the Samajwadi Party (SP) workers are reportedly gearing up to show black flags to the governor.

Also, some Ulema and the SP youth wing may also petition the Governor on the university issue.

Meanwhile, in view of the SP move, security has been beefed up in Rampur with the police deciding to cordon off the Samadhi area.