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Raj Bhavan MP Anecdotes

Raj Bhawan Anecdotes



  • In 1967, Congress members under Shri Govind Narain Singh left Congress party. Smt. Vijaya Raje Scindia led a procession from Vidhan Sabha to Raj Bhawan, but due to lack of space only the leaders were invited inside.
  • On 9 June 1980, during Shri Arjun Singh's oath ceremony, there was too much rush. Even the Governor's team found it tough to find its way through. Shri Kailash Joshi, a former Chief Minister, was also caught in the melee. Shri Arjun Singh saw this, went up to him and made him sit on a sofa near him.

Shri B. Pattabhi Sitaramaiya

  • He never relished the Governor's job in totality, as, he once remarked, "I only write reports for New Delhi, nothing else".
  • Being a Doctor, he used to advise the Raj Bhavan staff on the benefits of eating a balanced and good diet.

Shri H. Vinayak. Pataskar

Shri K. C. Reddy

  • He once administered the oath of acting Governor for 15 days to the Chief Justice of M.P. High Court, Justice Shri Dixit. The only intention behind this act was to avoid having to address the Legislative Assembly in Hindi, as, he was not good at it.

Shri S. N. Sinha

  • Prof. Hiren Mukherjee in his book "Portrait of Parliament" called him "His Highness Mr. Fragrance".
  • Raj Bhawan used to be filled with the aroma of ittar inside and roses outside.
  • Jawahar Lal Nehru used to say to him "your arrival is announced by your ittar even before you".
  • He used to take a lot of time getting dressed up.

Smt. S. Grewal

  • The furniture, in a bad shape once she took over, was not disposed off.
  • Instead, she went to New Delhi and got along workers of her previous department to work on the furniture. Thus, she got the old furniture renovated and refurbished at a fraction of the cost of purchasing new furniture.
  • The old curtains and tapestry were kept by her securely. When the need arose for more table mats and napkins, she asked to cut and design the old cloth and re-use it as mats and napkins.
  • She maintained her food account separate from the general account of Raj Bhavan. She used to pay the actual expenses on her family's food from her own pocket. Only the official lunch, dinners, etc were from the Raj Bhavan's account.
  • She was very considerate and caring for the Raj Bhavan employees. On one occasion, she allotted the vehicles of the Raj Bhavan for assisting in the marriage of an employee's daughter.

Shri Kunwar Mehmood Ali Khan

  • His Hindi speeches were originally written in Urdu, which he used to translate extempore while delivering.