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UP govt letter on Ram temple sparks controversy in state

A controversy erupted on Saturday over a communique by UP home secretary convening a meeting to discuss the ‘reconstruction of Ram temple in Ayodhya on the lines of Somnath temple’, with a red-faced Samajwadi Party government calling it an ‘error’ and promising action against the guilty.
Principal secretary (Home) R M Srivastava on Saturday apologised for the ‘error’ and said he was taking responsibility for the folly of some ‘junior level’ officials.

‘There are errors in the letter issued on October 9 by the department for convening the meeting and parts of intelligence input on the VHP sponsored ‘Sankalp Diwas’ on October 18, which should not have been made public, got mentioned in it,’  Srivastava said at a press meet here.

‘The language used in the letter is not correct,’ Srivastava said, adding an inquiry would be conducted and action would be taken against those responsible.

Secretary (Home) Sarvesh Kumar Mishra, who issued the letter, however, chose not to respond to queries during the press meet. Srivastava stressed the error should not be taken as any policy decision of the government and ‘some errors do take place in the department as officials work throughout week.’

Srivastava said the issue has been brought to the notice of the competent authority and the minister concerned (chief minister Akhilesh Yadav also holds the home portfolio) must also be aware of the same.
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