Expressing regret over the ongoing acerbic war of words between the BJP and BSP, Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik today remarked that leaders of both the political parties must never breach the "laxman rekha" of decorum (maryada) in public life.
"The flare up of tempers suggests that elections are just around the corner. Leaders of political parties tend to go overboard in such times. But it must be heeded by all that while heated debates are fine, nobody can be allowed to cross the laxman rekha of maryada in public life," Naik told reporters here.
The Governor was responding to queries on the recent spat triggered by a comment against BSP supremo Mayawati by the expelled BJP leader Dayashankar Singh.
"The matter is now being looked into by the High Court. The state government is also seized of the matter and we hope that proper action will be taken.
"The need of the hour is to maintain calm and avoid stoking the fire", he said.
Naik, who was in the city to attend a meeting convened by an association of teachers of unaided colleges, expressed concern over "exploitation" in such institutions and "commercialisation" of education.
"We have heard about many instances wherein the management of a college pays to its teachers an amount much less than what it shows in the records. This rapacity must be checked.
"Moreover, it needs to be ensured that private parties running schools and colleges with claims of interest in social service, do not end up commercializing education", he said.