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