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Ram Naik a role model for all state governors: Vidyasagar Rao
Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik is a role model for all those who are holding the top state-level Constitutional post, Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasgar Rao said.
Speaking at Raj Bhavan here, Rao said for Naik, service to the people was a matter of faith, and his act of publishing his 'work reports' made him a role model among governors.
Rao released the Sindhi version of Naik's book 'Charaiveti, Charaiveti' (Keep Moving) at the function.
"Ram Naik must be the only public representative who has published his work reports on a regular basis. Even after becoming governor of Uttar Pradesh, he has maintained the tradition of publishing his work report, proving himself as a model governor for all fellow governors," Rao said.
He termed Naik's book as a saga of a sincere public servant and said it would serve as a manual for all those who aspired to serve people, society and country.
Naik said that one could serve society even while being in the opposition and claimed his efforts to demand 'sansad nidhi' (MP's funds) and in the renaming of Bombay as Mumbai were testimony of his belief.
The UP governor said he, as Union petroleum minister in the previous NDA government, had given petrol pumps and gas agencies to the kin of soldiers martyred in the Kargil War.
He also claimed that eminent Sindhis like BJP patriarch LK Advani, late BJP leader Hashu Advani and cancer surgeon Suresh Advani had helped him.
'Charaiveti, Charaiveti' has been translated into the German, Arabic, Persian and English besides six Indian languages, he told the gathering.
The 288-page book is Naik's take on the fact that he has changed homes at least 20 times across multiple cities in the country but the instability only helped him move ahead resolutely making new friends and learning new life lessons.
Naik, a senior BJP leader, was Lok Sabha MP from Mumbai from 1989 to 2004 and was also minister of state for Railways in 1998.
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