A number of Congress and TMC leaders, including some former ministers, are giving a tough time to the government by not vacating state bungalows. Six of these politicians have gone into litigation to retain the accommodation.
Recently, Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu reviewed the situation and asked officials to take strict action against former ministers and MPs still squatting in government accommodation.
Following the directive, the Ministry sent fresh eviction notice to leaders, including Congress leader Rajiv Shukla, Union ministers Vyalvar Ravi and K Chiranjeevi. The list of former UPA ministers not vacating the state bungalows also includes Adhir Ranjan Choudhury and K H Muniyappa.
A senior Urban Development Ministry official said after the recent cabinet expansion, several new ministers are in the queue for bungalows according to their rank. “These politicians are occupying Type VII and VIII bungalows, which are entitled to cabinet ministers. With the fresh lot coming, we will have to accommodate them,” said the official.
The set of politicians who have gone into litigation over the state bungalows include TMC MPs Sudip Bandhopadhyay, Saugata Roy, C M Jatua and Congress MPs Saifuddin Soz, Vincent H Pala, K V Thomas and Ashwini Kumar.
“Some MPs have approached the quasi judicial body to retain the accommodation. These leaders are allowed to have a government accommodation but not the types they were allotted during the earlier government’s tenure. They should ideally shift to Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha pool of houses, which are generally not this big,” said the official.