CM Arvind Kejriwal prepares to shift base; BJP slams departure from ‘stated position’

'CM's decision to shift was in total contradiction of AAP's claim that it will practice austerity.'

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: January 9, 2014 3:30 pm

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will soon be shifting to a five-bedroom duplex flat in central Delhi from his current residence in the Kausambi locality of Ghaziabad.

Kejriwal has been allotted two five-bedroom duplex flats on Bhagwan Das Road,of which one is to be used as his office.

But the allotment of the flats saw BJP MLAs come down hard upon Kejriwal in the Delhi Assembly as the party charged that the CM’s decision to accept the two flats was in “total contradiction” of AAP’s claim that it will practice austerity.

“Allotment of two big flats to the Chief Minister has exposed the party. It is in total contradiction of their stated position. Their resolve to remain Aam Aadmi fell flat,” senior BJP leader Sahab Singh Chouhan said in the Assembly.

Kejriwal and his six ministers had decided not to stay in any government bungalows but instead live in modest flats.

“I have been given two separate houses,each having five bedrooms. You can take your camera and check the houses. I will be living in one of those with my family while using the other as my office where we can work till late hours,” Kejriwal told reporters.

“Now,I will live with my family in the five-bedroom house. Earlier,I was living in a four-bedroom apartment,that’s the only difference,” he said.

Kejriwal has been living in a society flat in Kausambi and had refused to shift to a Type-Seven bungalow which he is entitled to after having taken oath as the Chief Minister on December 28.

His team had finalised the two flats on Bhagwan Das Road after scanning a number of government flats near the Delhi Secretariat around Indraprastha Extension.

Delhi government ministers are entitled to Type-Six or Type-Seven bungalows with three-bedrooms. Sheila Dikshit has since 2003 been staying at a Type-8 bungalow on 3,Motilal Nehru Marg in Lutyens Delhi.

Sources said that the accommodation for Kejriwal was finalised after his family saw the place last week. The flats are being renovated and Kejriwal is likely to shift after two-three days.

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    Inidna
    Jan 3, 2014 at 8:52 pm
    He is busy fixing his bunglow, Delhi can wait, CM is busy
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    Inidna
    Jan 3, 2014 at 8:52 pm
    He said after taking oath, every one is CM, is everyone is allocated Bunglow ?
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    Sachin
    Jan 3, 2014 at 4:26 pm
    One Day 1 - Metro, Day 2 - Shared Autos, 3) Day 3 - Innova . Nothing wrong in using Official cars if you are enled to. Just could have used it on day 1, why create unnecessary hype/camera clicks and hoist the honesty and austerity flag ? . Forget Metro and cars, Laloo rode on Bicycle to Patna Secretariat. Again why Innova, why not Indica and unused rusting Ambadors ? AAP is playing with sentiments and mood of the nation and exploiting it for themselves and benefiting Congress. More astonishing is some people of India are not able to read this writing on the wall and even worse some biggies are joining AAP....pathetic if we still didn't understand AAP's hidden nexus with Congress.
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    Ashish Srivastav
    Jan 3, 2014 at 7:35 pm
    9000 sq feet flat :-)
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    An Indian
    Jan 5, 2014 at 2:07 am
    Do we expects a CM of Delhi to live in a 2 Bedroom outside Delhi? What is wrong with the citizens of India? Why is everyone trying to create a news out of this?Why don't we have some constructive journalism in getting complete statics of the kind(size, location, annual maintenance cost) of official accommodation the CM's of Bihar, UP, WB, Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu etc and all other states and check out what kind of official accommodation other CM's are enled to in the official capacity of being a Chief Minister of a State in India.Within the same city of New Delhi the President of India lives in 100 room house? Has anyone questioned it?
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    velaler.com velaler
    Jan 3, 2014 at 6:53 pm
    It is the only and will ultimately prove to be the same as other Parties.May be w/in six months.
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    prem kumar
    Jan 3, 2014 at 3:46 pm
    What's wrong. He is not staying in a 5 star bungalow. He is staying in an ordinary flat. One flat is his office and not home.
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