New Delhi: The Samajwadi Party on Monday sought an apology from Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik for 'denigrating' the dignity of the post and asked the Centre to dismiss him.
SP also warned the Governor not to "overdo" it or party workers will take to the streets to oppose him.
We demand that the Governor should apologise publicly for his "unwarranted" remarks and request the Centre to dismiss him for denigrating the post, SP General Secretary Ramgopal Yadav said here.
Akhilesh government is having a running battle with Naik for the last few months over his critical observation of the state administration.
Taking strong objection to Naik's regular "undignified and unwarranted" statements against the state government particularly his recent observation about the "importance of a particular caste in UP administration", Yadav asked Prime Minister Naredra Modi to remove Naik from the Governor's post and instead make him a BJP candidate in the forthcoming UP elections.
"He regularly attends RSS functions and gives irresponsible statements. We request PM to remove him first and then make him a BJP candidate in the 2017 Assembly elections," the SP Rajya Sabha MP said.
In a bid to contradict Naik's observation, SP leader produced the data of Yadav caste people occupying senior posts in UP administration.
"On the contrary, Yadav caste people are occupying higher posts in negligible numbers," he said.
Giving example, he said, "Out of 53 Chief Secretaries and 21 Secretaries, there is only one and two Yadav respectively. There are total 338 IPS posts out of which Yadav caste people are in 19 posts only."
He gave similar examples in other departments like PWD where the number of Yadavs are less.
In a retaliatory tone, the SP leader warned the Governor not to "overdo" it or the party supporters will come out on the streets against him.
"He should not overdo it. Otherwise our party workers will come out on the roads to oppose him," Yadav said.