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Raj Bhawan denies splurging of money

BY OUR STAFF REPORTER
GUWAHATI, Oct 12: The Raj Bhawan has denied media report that a huge amount was spent for hosting 200 guests who had come along with the Governor to attend his swearing in ceremony in Guwahati. Newly appointed Governor Jagdish Mukhi took oath on Tuesday.
He was administered the oath of office by Gauhati high court Chief Justice Ajit Singh at a function in the Srimanta Sankardeva International Convention Centre here.
Denying the allegations, a statement issued from Raj Bhawan here on Thursday stated that all the guests had come on their personal expenses and no expenditure was incurred from the state exchequer for their travelling and other amenities.   The oath taking ceremony of the Governor, 191 guests were to come but because of delayed flights, 20 numbers of guests could not come and the total number of guests who actually came was 171, the statement pointed out.
“Among 171 guests, 40 guests had come only on the day of oath taking ceremony and had left on the same day that is on 10th October 2017.  Again, about 20 guests had stayed in Guwahati at their own expenses and later had gone to visit some other places,” it said.
According to the Raj Bhawan all the guests of the Governor had come to attend the oath taking ceremony on their personal expenses.     
Governor Jajdish Mukhi has a long public life spanning for more than 40 years. During his long association with the public he developed his friendship and camaraderie in every section of the society.  So, before taking over the charge of a constitutional position like Governor, some of his guests had expressed their desire to witness the moment and out of love and affection these 171 guests had come to Assam.  “His political career was very clean. In the light of these facts, the perceived thought that a huge sum was spent from the state’s exchequer for the travelling and other amenities of the guests was baseless,” added the statement.