On May 7, the Supreme Court had struck down an amendment in a state legislation allowing former chief ministers to retain government accommodation even after demitting office.
After the May 7 order, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh — who were earlier chief ministers and had been allotted bungalows — conveyed to the estate department their willingness to vacate these.
The top court had on May 7 held that former chief ministers of Uttar Pradesh cannot retain government accommodation after demitting office and had said that a chief minister was at par with a common man once his or her term ends.
Notices were served a day after Mulayam Singh Yadav met Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and was said to have brought up the matter of the official bungalows.
Six former chief ministers of Uttar Pradesh — Narayan Dutt Tiwari, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Kalyan Singh, Mayawati, Rajnath Singh and Akhilesh Yadav — currently occupy prime government properties in Lucknow.
Nothing brings a spring in a politician’s step and spirit as an election victory. The SP victory over the BJP in Gorakhpur and Phulpur was one such occasion for party patron Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Nand Gopal Nandi made the “derogatory” remarks at a public rally in Allahabad’s Dhoomanganj on Sunday where he also said SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav was Ravan and his son Akhilesh was Meghnad, prompting sharp criticism from both parties.
The father and son shared the dais in the party headquarters here after a long spell, as workers gathered to wish the SP founder on his 79th birthday.
Most of the 55 members in the new national executive, formed after Akhilesh’s re-election earlier this month as party chief, are those who supported him during the feud in Samajwadi Party family.
Akhilesh on arriving at the venue went straight to his father and touched his feet. He requested Mulayam to pay floral tributes to Lohia first, but Mulayam insisted that Akhilesh do it, seemingly as he is party chief.
“Akhileshji met Netaji (Mulayam) to invite him for the meeting in Agra on October 5,” the MLC told reporters. Mulayam and his brother Shivpal Yadav were not invited to the party’s state executive meet held in Lucknow on September 23.
The relationship between Akhilesh and Shivpal purportedly hit rock bottom when Shivpal’s attempts at merging the Quami Ekta Dal (QED) with the party were scuttled. Mulayam, had even addressed party workers saying the SP would split if Shivpal left.
According to sources, Mulayam had sent Shivpal the text of the speech he was to give on Monday. In it he had written of having been “insulted” when he was not invited to the state party convention last week.
Mulayam accused the BJP of failing to meet its election promises and controlling the fuel price rise.
Sources say Mulayam may announce a new party in alliance with the Lok Dal.