Kejriwal to move into house owned by son of ex-Cong MP

Sources said the house, 4B, Flagstaff Road, has four bedrooms and is spread across 800 square yards. Sources said that Kejriwal was likely to shift in by the end of the month.

Written by Dipankar Ghose | New Delhi | Published:June 21, 2014 1:23 am
Arvind Kejriwal’s new residence at 4B, Flagstaff Road, Civil Lines. (Source: Express Photo by Prem Nath Pandey) Arvind Kejriwal’s new residence at 4B, Flagstaff Road, Civil Lines. (Source: Express Photo by Prem Nath Pandey)

Four months after resigning as Delhi chief minister, Aam Aadmi Party national convenor Arvind Kejriwal will move out of his official Tilak Lane residence. He will shift into a house in Civil Lines offered to him by Naren Jain, son of Congressman Bhiku Ram Jain, who was MP from the Chandni Chowk constituency in 1980. His son Naren is an art curator and holds exhibitions across the city.

Sources said the house, 4B, Flagstaff Road, has four bedrooms and is spread across 800 square yards. Sources said that Kejriwal was likely to shift in by the end of the month.

“The house has a barsaati and a basement but there is a lot of work that needs to be done, as the house has remained unoccupied for several years. While the rent cannot be disclosed, it is being rented to Kejriwal at a  concessional rate because of his stature as ex-chief minister of Delhi,” a source said.

Confirming that he had taken the house, Kejriwal said on Twitter, “I have finally decided upon a house offered by Sh Naren Jain in Civil Lines area. Thanks Narenji… Lot of people came forward and offered their houses to me in last few days. I am really grateful to everyone. Thanks so much.”

A statement issued by Kejriwal’s office said, “We thank Mr Naren Jain for offering his house to Kejriwal. He will shift into this house after repair and renovation work is completed. The rent will be decided mutually. The government accommodation allotted to Kejriwal will be vacated soon.”

Interestingly, Jain’s house is in the same compound as the home that once belonged to Salman Rushdie, which has been entangled in a dispute for close to 40 years.

“Rushdie’s house is 4, Flagstaff Road while this is 4B. My brokers told me that the AAP leader was looking for a house, and I agreed to offer him mine. This way, the house, which was left unused for a while, will be in a better shape. The house has a garden in front as well as the rear,” Naren Jain said.

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    Atma Gandhi
    Jun 21, 2014 at 12:17 pm
    So Kejriwal is now openly adopted Son of Congress. Shame on him to part of Congress.
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    DINESH RASIKLAL
    Jun 21, 2014 at 12:23 am
    Dear Naren Jain, you are truly punyashali. You have got great opportunity to serve the common men. God will definitely bless you. Please do not back out under any pressure and provide full support to AK
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    DINESH RASIKLAL
    Jun 21, 2014 at 10:34 pm
    Lucky person who gave accommodation to a warrior who is fighting against corruption, goondas and all kinds of insane forces...!!!
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    IT Payer
    Jun 21, 2014 at 2:00 am
    Chief minister for 40 days, took 4 months to vacate official residence. He is representing Aam admi of India. If aam admi leader has such an honesty, what to expect from aam admi. Added to this colorful honesty, though AK came to politics fighting corruption, he is getting into a house owned by Congress MP- a seasoned corrupt politician. God bless those people who still get fooled by such jokers.
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    Gopinath Gopinath
    Jun 21, 2014 at 5:49 pm
    As an Aam Aadmi Kejriwal should stay with the Aam Aadmi and experience the water and power shortages.
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    Rabindra Nath
    Jun 21, 2014 at 3:48 am
    Now, great news for some one and there are many, who will smell the rat into the deal and try to peep through this the hands of CIA. Good research work and brain storming issue for BJP and Congress, many would dig out the dead Mr jain once a MP of Congress from Delhi, Chandni chowk, I wish them all good luck. But I am glad that Arvind will have a good house and the owner is fortunately for him no political eny. My thanks to Mr. Jain, the owner of the house
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    Sandeep
    Jun 24, 2014 at 7:48 am
    Seems to PAGRI not concessional rate
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