Giving in to pressure from Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief and former UP CM Mayawati, the civic authorities have shifted a bus stop in front of a sprawling bungalow allotted to her in Lutyens’ Bungalow Zone (LBZ), sources said.
A few days ago, Mayawati had written to the Delhi Police and the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), demanding that the bus stop outside her bungalow in Lutyens’ Delhi be shifted, citing threat to her life. While the Delhi Police asked Mayawati’s office to consult the civic authorities, the bus stop (located opposite her house) was shifted on the directions of the MHA as she is a Z-plus protectee.
It is not the first time that Mayawati has made such a request. Earlier, a bus stop outside BSP’s office in Jor Bagh was shifted citing security reasons.
Mayawati, who was allotted the 3, Thyagraj, Type VIII bungalow two months ago in her capacity as the president of a national party, made the request some days ago to Delhi Police’s security wing.
A senior officer said as it was not the police’s job to shift a bus stand, they asked Mayawati’s office to consult the civic authorities, the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC).
An NDMC official confirmed that they had shifted the bus stop.
“It was an unusual request as all the persons living in that lane are protected persons. The house adjacent to Mayawati is occupied by a senior Coast Guard officer,” a police officer said.
Apart from this bungalow, Mayawati has also been allotted another bungalow on 4, Gurudwara Rakab Ganj Road, which runs as the party office, and three more bungalows on 12, 14, 16 GRG Road, which house the Bahujan Prerna Trust.