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Setting an example, Sinha stays in guest house before taking oath as LG
8/7/2020 11:45:15 PM

Early Times Report

Srinagar, Aug 7: Former Union Minister Manoj Sinha, a surprise pick for new Lt Governor of Union Territory (UT) of Jammu and Kashmir, set a new high standards of morality in public life when he stayed in state guest house instead of the Raj Bhavan after he arrived here.
After his arrival at the Srinagar airport, where he was received by Chief Secretary, Director General of police and other senior civil and police officials yesterday afternoon, he also refused to travel in a helicopter to Helipad near Raj Bhavan from airport and instead preferred to travel by road to have first hand feel of the situation in the summer capital, official sources said.
When some senior officials insisted that he should stay in Raj Bhavan, which was vacated by G C Murmu who abruptly resigned as LG a day before, Mr Sinha has said that before taking oath for the constitutional responsibility he has been entrusted with, he will prefer to not stay at the Governor House (Raj Bhavan) for which he was not authorized.
Sources said he also preferred to move to the State Guest House in Srinagar by road from the Airport on Thursday while he was offered the services of the Chopper for security reasons.
Mr Sinha, the former Union Minister for Communication and Railways was a surprise pick as LG for everyone, including media and politicians in the country as several names were doing rounds.
Being known as Vikas Purush, Sinha has served as the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Communications and Minister of State for Railways. Mr Sinha was elected as Member of Parliament in the Lok Sabha, representing Ghazipur for three terms on BJP ticket.
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