Why did Governor Patil

Why did Governor Patil break protocol?

Prashun Bhaumik |

By Sanjiv Acharya

It’s surprising why Tripura Governor DY Patil went to meet Union Minister for Human Resource Development Kapil Sibal in his office in Delhi breaching all protocol? Protocol warrants that a Union Minister has call on the Governor at Raj Bhawan as a Governor is ranked after the President and Vice President. Patil cannot even hide behind the excuse that he had gone to meet the minister to discuss Tripura. Because the buzz is out! Sources say that the Governor sahib had personally called on the minister because of the decision to de-recognise deemed universities. Yes. This decision has a direct impact on the huge empire of DY Patil in Maharashtra. To refresh your memory let me tell you that as an educationist, the 74-year-old Patil is the founder of DY Patil University that runs several engineering, medical and other colleges in Navi Mumbai, Pune and Kolhapur. It also runs hospitals in Navi Mumbai, Pune and Kolhapur. Patil has also served on several education-related bodies in the Centre as well as in Maharashtra. He was much when Patil announced he will draw a token Re one as his monthly salary instead of the allocated Rs 1.1 lakh. “In all my appointments in government bodies so far, I have never taken any salary. I am only maintaining that tradition,” Patil had grandly declared when he took the gubernatorial office. The same Governor Patil is a worried man today. The reason is obvious. Although his son Vijay Patil, who runs the institutions, has clarified that his father has nothing to do with any of the institutions or colleges but at the same time he also registered his anger about the decision of the HRD Minister. Out of the 44 institutes de-recognised by the minister, the DY Patil University is one of them. One of the Maharashtra Congress leaders was heard joking with media persons in the Congress office in Delhi after Patil’s courtesy call – “Aarey bhai patil sahib Tripura me shiksha ke prachar prasar ke liye mile the, ab protocol ki unko adat nahin hai isliye khud chale gaye. Aap log ye pata lagaiye ki khabar media walon ko kisne batai? Laakh rupaye ka sawaal to wahi hai…..”