Governor Ram Naik on Tuesday said that he had not demanded the dismissal of UP cabinet minister Azam Khan for making comments against him in the state assembly last month.
“I have never asked for dismissal of the minister. Journalists draw their own inference. I had sought the CD of the speech from the speaker in which out of 60 lines, 20 lines were removed. It shows that his (the minister’s) behaviour was unparliamentary,” Naik said in reply to questions from journalists on the sidelines of an event in Azamgarh.
Naik stressed that the assembly speaker should have ensured that the information about the whole issue didn’t appear in the newspapers the next day. The governor further said that all that happened in front of chief minister Akhilesh Yadav who should think over such behaviour of his cabinet colleague.
Khan has been engaged in a no-holds-barred war of words with Naik for quite some time, with the minister accusing the governor of being a “kar sevak” and “vitiating” the atmosphere in Uttar Pradesh at the “behest” of the Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre. In a stinging remark in the assembly, Khan had accused the governor of stalling several bills by not giving his assent. Asked why withheld assent to six bills, Naik said that the chief minister was informed in detail as to why all six bills were stopped.
Meanwhile, speaking at the inauguration of the building of a private college in Burhanpur, Azamgarh, he held commercialisation of education responsible for copying. He called copying the cancer of education.
In the presence of UP madhyamik education (secondary education) minister Balram Yadav, Naik said, “Commercialisation of education has made it a business. As a result, instead of imparting education, people now arrange copying during exams (for their students). Copying is like a cancer for education.”
The governor laid emphasis on providing facilities and the right atmosphere to the girls for education so that they do well. He advised the governments to pay special attention to girls’ education as girls were the base of the society.
(With inputs from PTI)