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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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Yogi Plans Grand Memorial for BJP Ideologues along the Banks of Gomti River in Lucknow

The Sthal will have statues of Sardar Patel and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ideologues, including Shyama Prasad Mukhrejee, Deen Dayal Upadhayay

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The Sthal will have statues of Sardar Patel and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ideologues, including Shyama Prasad Mukhrejee, Deen Dayal Upadhayay and former prime minister. Pixabay

The Yogi Adityanath government will build a “Rashtriya Prerna Sthal” along the banks of the Gomti River in Lucknow, dedicated to the memory of ‘nationalist’ leaders.

The Rashtriya Prerna Sthal will be developed on 82 acres of land on Hardoi road in Vasantkunj area. It will also have a city forest park.

The Sthal will have statues of Sardar Patel and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ideologues, including Shyama Prasad Mukhrejee, Deen Dayal Upadhayay and former prime minister, late Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

According to the government spokesman, the Sthal will also have a Jan Sabha Kendra that will accommodate over one lakh people.

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The Rashtriya Prerna Sthal will be developed on 82 acres of land on Hardoi road in Vasantkunj area. Pixabay

The Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) has been directed to prepare the blueprint for the project.

A herbal garden, a multi-activity centre and a cycle track will also be a part of the project. Sources said that a butterfly and a fruit garden, food court, craft bazaar, cafe, lotus and duck lake, Yoga zone, kids play area and an open theatre are also proposed in the Sthal.

An initial instalment of Rs 50 crore has been given to start the project, though the entire cost of the project is yet to be worked out.

This is the first time that the BJP government is building a project dedicated to its ideologues.

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The Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) government had built several memorials dedicated to its ideologues includes Ambedkar and late Kanshi Ram. These include the Kanshi Ram Eco Garden, Ambedkar Park and Samajik Parivartan Sthal.

The Samajwadi Party, during their tenure, came up with the Lohia Park, Lohia Path, Janeshwar Misra Park and the Jai Prakash Narain International Centre in Lucknow.

“This will be a one-of-its-kind project that will have something for everyone. It will emerge as one of the biggest tourist attractions in the state,” said a minister who is involved in the project. (IANS)