For­mer MPs rush to new homes, Lu­tyens Bun­ga­lows for BJP min­is­ters

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“Its time to find a new home” is the line of those of­fi­cers who have lost their po­si­tions, cars, en­ti­tle­ments and their Lu­tyens Bun­ga­lows. The reign­ing po­lit­i­cal power party BJP vic­tory has sud­denly caused a huge shift­ing from Lu­tyens Delhi. New rule im­plies that only min­is­ters will be given the Lu­tyens Bun­glows and all other will get an MP quar­ter de­cided by the Naren­dra Modi govern­ment.

For­mer law and ex­ter­nal af­fair min­is­ter Sal­man Khur­shid has moved out of his posh to his another an­ces­tral house in south Delhi , AK Antony has va­cated his house, for­mer min­is­ter Kapil Sibal said, I am look­ing for an ap­pro­pri­ate place, but it is dif­fi­cult to find one in such hurry. I want to shift out as soon as pos­si­ble. The PMO govern­ment has not spared the for­mer BJP and for­mer fi­nance min­ster Jaswant Singh who con­tested an in­de­pen­dent and lost has asked to va­cate the bun­ga­lows. AAP Chief Arvind Ke­jri­wal has been sent 4 no­tices but has got re­sponded to any of them, the govern­ment said ear­lier some ac­tions will be taken.

Nearly a third of the 260 mem­bers of the pre­vi­ous Lok Sabha lost can­di­dates have asked ex­ten­sions for va­cat­ing their homes as 315 mem­bers are mov­ing in. The House Com­mit­tee will con­sider all the re­quest and al­lot­ments form next week. One of the of­fi­cial from the Ur­ban Devel­op­ment De­part­ment said, politi­cians who oc­cupy govern­ment ac­com­mo­da­tions have never been forcibly evicted form their homes the UDD sends them no­tices first and then if not va­cate we charge them rent as per the mar­ket area price. In the past min­is­ters have put up in lux­u­ri­ous five star ho­tels un­til they don’t get their Lu­tyens, but MPs in PMO govern­ment has stayed in govern­ment ho­tels.

The bun­ga­lows al­lot­ted to the MPs are been di­vided into cat­e­gories, MPs as per the govern­ment rules are en­ti­tled to Type IV and V bed­rooms and study. The higher cat­e­gories al­lot­ted to the sec­ond time MPs and min­is­ters are fewer in num­ber, the Cabi­net min­is­ters en­joy type VIII bun­ga­lows in the Lu­tyens zones which have num­ber of bed­rooms, big lawns, and gar­den ar­eas and so on.

Lu­tyens Bun­ga­lows are those posh-plushed homes built by the name of Bri­tish Of­fi­cer and cur­rently there are over 1,000 of such in the LBZ. In this 65 are the owned pri­vate by the of­fi­cers and the re­main­ing is al­lot­ted to top politi­cians and bu­reau­crats. If we go to see the value of LBZ around- 254.5acres the price has gone up to 49,000crore in past 10 years, the value of the 995 acres oc­cu­pied by govern­ment has grown form Rs 24,000crore to Rs 192,000crore based on the cur­rent mar­ket rates.

There are num­ber of for­mer of­fi­cers who have not va­cated their house which in­cludes A Raja, Mukul Roy, Dayanidhi Maran , As­sam Chief Min­is­ter Tarun Go­goi ,Ra­jya Sabha MP Murli De­ora and RJD chief min­is­ter Lalu Prasad Ya­dav.

All the min­is­ters who have to va­cate or has not va­cated form long been given time till June 26 by the UDD to va­cate their bun­ga­lows and has said that this time only min­is­ters will be given Lu­tyens bun­ga­low.

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