Uttar Pradesh governor Ram Naik on Saturday tried to stop a band from playing the national anthem soon after newly-inducted members of chief minister Akhilesh Yadav’s cabinet were sworn in at the Raj Bhawan in Lucknow.
After the completion of the swearing-in ceremony, everyone, including Naik and chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, rose from their seats and the Raj Bhawan band began playing the national anthem.
Naik, however, wanted members of the gathering to take an oath of national unity on the occasion of the 140th birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the country’s first home minister.
Apparently unaware that the national anthem was being played, Naik began signalling to the band to stop playing by waving his hand. But the band had already started playing by then.
Naik, however, continued to make gestures. The governor stopped and stood at attention only when the chief minister, who was next to him, nudged him to indicate the national anthem was being played.
The band stopped playing the anthem midway. It was played again after all those present in the Gandhi Sabhagar took the national unity oath.