Virtually canvassing for BJP MLA Ram Saran Verma, Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik has made an appeal to the people to “support” him for his good work.
“Verma has done a lot of good work like building toilets, schools, bus stations and other things required by common people that are not part of big government programmes,” Naik said.
“I hope he will keep up the good work … and you will keep up your support to him,” he said at a public function in Pilibhit on Sunday.
Naik said he was making the statement in the context of the upcoming Assembly elections in the state.
“I am saying this because you know the kind of scenario prevailing in the state… UP is preparing for Assembly elections,” he said.
Naik, however, hastened to add: “I am the Governor and it is not fair for me to say whom to vote for, otherwise people will say the Governor has become a party man.”
He said he has inaugurated various works worth over Rs six crore carried out by Verma through the MLA Local Area Development fund.
Naik, a five-time BJP MP from North Mumbai and a former Union minister in NDA government, was appointed Governor in July, 2014.
Naik, a former BJP minister at the Centre during Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, has often been accused of being biased towards the saffron party.
In March, Uttar Pradesh’s minister, AzamKhan, in his speech in the assembly had allegedly accused governor Ram Naik of working under the “influence of a party.”
(With PTI inputs)