80-year-old Ram Naik was administered oath of office by Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court Justice Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud on Tuesday evening.

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, several ministers, MLAs, senior bureaucrats and senior officers from police department were present on the occasion.

Ram Naik said that there are many problems in the state but expressed resolve to act as a ‘bridge’ between the Centre and the state and work towards making UP "Uttam Pradesh".
    
The former Union minister, who was administrated the oath of office by Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court DY Chandrachud, termed his new assignment as a ‘big responsibility’ and noted that President Pranab Mukherjee gave him a copy of the Constitution, when he had called on him after his appointment, saying, "This would be very useful.”
    
"There are many problems but I am telling you about my resolve. I will try to work as a bridge and guard the interests of the common people," he said after being sworn in as the 28th governor of the key state at an impressive function at Raj Bhawan.
    
He said that there are central schemes like 'Ganga vikas yojna' in which the state government needs to contribute while there could also be some problems faced by the state where the Centre needs to support.
    
"I have just arrived here, I am telling you my resolve which is to contribute towards making the state 'uttam pradesh'," 80-year-old Ram Naik told reporters while replying to questions.     

Queried on the issue of law and order situation, on which the Samajwadi Party government in the state has come under attack, and the reported criticism from him in the past, Naik said that he will "work to win over the trust of all".
    
The Uttar Pradesh Governor also said that he had stated that law and order was a question in the country as was education and unemployment. "Centre and state would do what they have to do as per their responsibilities and I would act as a bridge. It is not in my nature to say things without having full information. I will work to win over the trust of all," he said, and assured that he would act as per the Constitution.     

To a question on incidents of North Indians being assaulted in his native state Maharashtra, Naik said that the situation is not as serious as it looks from outside.

Veteran BJP leader Ram Naik succeeds BL Joshi, who resigned last month.
    
Joshi, perceived to be a close confidant of Gandhi family, was the first Governor who tendered his resignation on June 17 after Narendra Modi-led NDA government came to power.
    
A three-time Parliamentarian, Ram Naik has the rare distinction of being the only minister who completed five years as Petroleum and Natural gas minister in one government.

Hit by cancer, the former Union minister was bedridden in 1994 but fought back resolutely and overcame the deadly disease. He had announced in 2013 that he would not be contesting the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

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