Lucknow: In a stinging attack on Uttar Pradesh governor Ram Naik, the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) on Monday said he was "working like a BJP worker and was unfit for any constitutional post".
In a statement here, party general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav said the former union petroleum minister was giving statements not fit for his chair.
Yadav, a Rajya Sabha member and cousin of SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, said Naik had exceeded his brief so much now that "even to address him as 'Mahamahim' was shameful".
Taking a dig, the SP leader urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to declare Naik a chief ministerial candidate of the BJP for the 2017 state assembly elections.
Enumerating instances when Ram Naik gave statements allegedly not behoving the chair he occupied, Ram Gopal Yadav said that his recent statements, specially with regard to posting of Yadavs in majority of government posts, "reflected his mental bankruptcy".
The UP governor, on completion of one year in office on July 22, said that he would seek explanations from the Akhilesh Yadav government on allegations of influx of Yadavs in important posts in the state.
Ram Naik and the Akhilesh Yadav government have been at loggerheads for the last one year on many issues.
While the SP has raised the matter in hushed tones many times earlier on, Monday's attack is the most frontal attack on the Raj Bhawan by the ruling party in recent times.