Shiv­pal gets the keys to bun­ga­low va­cated by Maya

Hindustan Times (Patiala) - - Nation - HT Cor­re­spon­dent n let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The Ut­tar Pradesh govern­ment on Fri­day al­lot­ted a bun­ga­low – va­cated by for­mer chief min­is­ter and Bahu­jan Sa­maj Party (BSP) pres­i­dent Mayawati on May 30 fol­low­ing a Supreme Court or­der – to Sa­ma­jwadi Sec­u­lar Mor­cha (SSM) chief Shiv­pal Yadav.

The al­lot­ment of the bun­ga­low Num­ber 6 on Lal Ba­hadur Shas­tri Marg in Mall Av­enue to Shiv­pal is be­ing seen by po­lit­i­cal ob­servers as a sign of grow­ing bon­homie be­tween SSM chief and the rul­ing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

On May 7 this year, the Supreme Court had struck down a pro­vi­sion of an Ut­tar Pradesh law that let for­mer chief min­is­ters re­tain govern­ment bun­ga­lows.

For­mer chief min­is­ters Akhilesh Yadav, Mu­layam Singh Yadav, Mayawati, Ra­j­nath Singh, ND Ti­wari and Kalyan Singh had to va­cate their bun­ga­lows af­ter the SC or­der.

The al­lot­ment of the bun­ga­low, lo­cated a few yards from the chief min­is­ter’s of­fice, comes hardly a month af­ter Shiv­pal ap­plied for reg­is­tra­tion of his po­lit­i­cal front with the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion.

The of­fice of frontal or­gan­i­sa­tions of the Sa­ma­jwadi Party is lo­cated ad­ja­cent to the bun­ga­low.

Jus­ti­fy­ing the al­lot­ment, es­tate of­fi­cer Yo­gesh Shukla said Shiv­pal was a se­nior politi­cian and a five-time MLA.

“He is el­i­gi­ble for al­lot­ment of Cat­e­gory 6 bun­ga­low. The es­tate de­part­ment had also re­ceived an ap­pli­ca­tion from him for al­lot­ment of a govern­ment ac­com­mo­da­tion ac­cord­ing to his se­nior­ity,” he said.

Presently, Shiv­pal is manag­ing po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties from his house on Vikra­ma­ditya Marg.

The de­ci­sion has not gone down well with the op­po­si­tion par­ties that have been served no­tice by the es­tate de­part­ment to va­cate their premises.

Tar­get­ing the state’s BJP govern­ment, Sa­ma­jwadi Party spokesman Rajendra Chaud­hary said: “This is how the BJP govern­ment func­tions. They play with democ­racy and mis­use power.”

State Congress me­dia co­or­di­na­tor Ra­jiv Bak­shi said the hand­ing over of the bun­ga­low was a re­flec­tion of the grow­ing prox­im­ity be­tween Shiv­pal and the BJP. “When you help some­body, you are bound to be helped,” he said.

Shiv­pal, how­ever, brushed aside the op­po­si­tion par­ties al­le­ga­tions, stat­ing “I have been al­lot­ted the bun­ga­low as there were in­tel­li­gence re­ports of threats to me,” he said.

UP BJP spokesman Sha­l­abh Mani Tri­pathi said no pol­i­tics should be seen in the al­lot­ment of bun­ga­low to Shiv­pal. “He is a se­nior leader and a for­mer min­is­ter and leg­is­la­tor. His se­nior­ity must have been taken into ac­count for the al­lot­ment,” he said.

Upen­dra Singh, a Shiv­pal sup­porter, said the bun­ga­low will be used as the of­fice of the Mor­cha. “Shiv­pal has also launched frontal or­gan­i­sa­tions which will be ac­com­mo­dated in the bun­ga­low,” he said.

An es­tate de­part­ment of­fi­cer, who did not wish to be named, said the bun­ga­lows va­cated by other for­mer CMs would be also al­lot­ted to se­nior politi­cians.

AP

Sa­ma­jwadi Party founder Mu­layam Singh Yadav (right) with his brother Shiv­pal Yadav dur­ing an event in Luc­know on Fri­day.

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