With Delhi Po­lice help, govt starts evict­ing ex-MPs from bun­ga­lows

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Nation - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

New Delhi: The gov­ern­ment has started evict­ing some of the for­mer MPs who have stuck to their of­fi­cial ac­com­mo­da­tions cit­ing a range of rea­sons such as chil­dren study­ing in Delhi, a fam­ily mem­ber un­der­go­ing med­i­cal treat­ment at a lo­cal hos­pi­tal, or those who claimed they have been un­able to find al­ter­na­tive ac­com­mo­da­tion in the city. Sources said the ur­ban af­fairs min­istry has got a cou­ple of flats and bun­ga­lows evicted with po­lice sup­port.

Till Fri­day, nearly 50 for­mer law­mak­ers, mostly from the last Lok Sabha, had not va­cated their ac­com­mo­da­tion even af­ter be­ing served evic­tion no­tices a few days back. Sources said the list in­cluded Pappu Ya­dav, Ran­jeeta Ran­jan, Deep­en­der Singh Hooda, Megha­laya CM Con­rad K Sangma and MP CM Ka­mal Nath.

The Cen­tre is likely to al­low BJP vet­er­ans L K Ad­vani and Murli Manohar Joshi to re­tain their bun­ga­lows on se­cu­rity grounds. Sim­i­larly, for­mer BJP MP from Ch­hat­tis­garh, Ramesh Bais, who has been ap­pointed Tripura gov­er­nor, is likely to be al­lowed to re­tain his ear­lier ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Sources said the ur­ban af­fairs min­istry had to take the ex­treme step of force­ful evic­tion as the for­mer al­lot­tees did not com­ply with the norm. “They have no op­tion other than va­cat­ing the house three days from re­ceiv­ing the evic­tion no­tice. Va­cat­ing a cou­ple of houses us­ing po­lice force has worked all these years. We ex­pect more for­mer MPs to va­cate and not com­pel us to use force. They must un­der­stand the prob­lem be­ing faced by the newly elected MPs, who are still stay­ing in tran­sit ac­com­mo­da­tion,” said an of­fi­cial.

As per law, the for­mer MPs are bound to va­cate their of­fi­cial ac­com­mo­da­tion one month af­ter they cease to re­main a law­maker. But all these years, many of them have de­fied the rule.

Of­fi­cials said af­ter long struggle they have been able to take pos­ses­sion of South Av­enue bun­ga­low No. 77, which was oc­cu­pied by a for­mer MP.

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