The swearing-in ceremony of Governor SC Jamir at the Raj Bhavan here on Thursday turned controversial with the leader of the opposition Bhupinder Singh walking out of the venue in a huff alleging protocol violation by the State Government.
The swearing-in was done in a room at Raj Bhavan which could not accommodate even 50 persons, the leader of the opposition told mediapersons. Singh was also seated on the third row behind the ministers and ministers of state following which he left the venue, he said.
Criticising the State Government for not observing protocol, Singh alleged that it is trying to lower the dignity of the Governor by doing this. When the House is session why all the MLAs were not invited to the function, Singh said and added that the State Government has taken the swearing in ceremony of the Governor very lightly.
“I wonder as to what prevented the government from conducting the ceremony in a dignified and proper manner,” Singh said. The Leader of Opposition also raised the issue in the Assembly and demanded that the State Government should apologise for the protocol violation.