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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Lucknow: The ostensibly ‘tired and retired’ Ram Naik, sparked a pre-conditioned idea of him among the power holders of the state, when he was named the new Governor last July.

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A year down the line, Naik has been able to undo the bad-mouthing that came his way. His gubernatorial tenure has turned out to be one of the most eventful ones in the state, as he continues to stand by the issues that he considers worthwhile.

However, having earned well-wishers for himself through his humility, Naik has also enlisted himself in the bad books of the Samajwadi Party government. Having turned down the name of a retired judge for Lokayukta and twice rejecting the recommendations by the ruling party for nomination to the legislative council, Ram Naik has been able to enlist himself in the bad books of SP stalwarts like Mohd Azam Khan and Ram Gopal Yadav.

“People attacking me have their political agenda while I am wedded to the constitution of India,” he said shunning down the criticisms thrown his way. Naik had been assigned sobriquets like “unfit to be addressed as mahamahim” (his Excellency), “BJP stooge” and many others.

Standing firm on his beliefs, he further stated that he will continue to be a medium between the state and the union government. When asked if the constitutional post bars him from a lot of things, he said “On the contrary it has given me the joy of doing much more than what the constitution bestows on me.”

“I owe it to my father and my formative years at Pune with the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS)”, was what he said while expressing his happiness seeing the faces of lepers on the musical evening that had been arranged for them in Raj Bhawan.

Naik has emerged as a ‘people’s governor’ as a result of his efforts towards bringing the academic sessions on track and addressing the issues of the masses.

A three-time legislator in Maharashtra and five-time Lok Sabha MP, the governor seems to have established a comfortable relationship with the people with his “grassroot level-like approach”.

“I cannot fathom that he is so down to earth and so pro-active. I had come to him with a problem that the education institution I run was facing and within no time, he got the officials working,” said a retired army officer.

“When I went to do my B.Com at Pune, I came in touch with a lot of RSS ideologues and their sense of commitment and conviction got into my personality development DNA,” he said as he suggested a four-tier way of life to the new generation- smile, appreciate, do not belittle others and always find a better way of doing things!

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Asking opposition parties not to create obstacles in the construction of Ram temple, he told them to clear their stand on the issue

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BJP President Amit Shah on Sunday said that the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was “very necessary” and added that the government was working on building a consensus with stakeholders in the northeast.

Addressing the media here, Amit Shah also said that the government had brought the bill after much thought and Home Minister Rajnath Singh was holding consultations with various people to address the opposition to the issue.

“There are two sides of a coin. There are decisions that some like and some don’t… The fate of huge number of refugees can’t be kept hanging in the balance and we are firm on it,” he said.

Asked what would be the BJP’s stand if suggestions come to withdraw the Bill as it has created unrest in the entire northeast, Amit Shah said: “Home Minister is holding discussions with political parties. Discussion with some parties have already taken place. If consensus emerges, we will definitely move ahead but the Citizenship Bill is highly necessary for the country.”

The Bill seeks to grant Indian citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan who entered India before December 31, 2014.

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BJP President Amit Shah.

Political parties and civic groups in the northeast say if this is implemented, “outsiders” will overwhelm the local population.

The BJP President was also committed to build a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya.

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“The BJP wants the Ram Temple should be built at the same place in Ayodhya where Lord Ram was born. Our stand is clear. There is no confusion.”

Asking opposition parties not to create obstacles in the construction of Ram temple, he told them to clear their stand on the issue. (IANS)