Power guest house may be CM home

Sources said Kejriwal was then offered accommodation at the Indraprastha Power guest house at Rajghat,where he’s likely to move in within the next two days.

Written by Aniruddha Ghosal | New Delhi | Published: December 29, 2013 1:51:02 am

After CM Arvind Kejriwal expressed his reluctance to shift to a sprawling bungalow,the Delhi government’s request for “modest,suitable” accommodation in Lutyens’ Delhi was turned down by the Centre. Sources said Kejriwal was then offered accommodation at the Indraprastha Power guest house at Rajghat,where he’s likely to move in within the next two days.

Two days ago,a senior Delhi government official requested the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) to spare a Type V or VI “corner-facing” flat for Kejriwal. The MoUD reportedly turned down the request saying the houses,located in Lutyens’ Delhi,were earmarked for Central government ministers,bureaucrats,members of the judiciary,Planning Commission and members and staff of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

Most flats and houses owned by Delhi government are located in North Delhi areas such as Shamnath Marg,Civil Lines and DDU Marg.

According to sources in AAP,Kejriwal was then offered five rooms of the Indraprastha Power guest house at Rajghat,which were booked for him. “He was initially offered a house which was very lavish. But living in such a house was completely against the ethos of the party. He has been offered the guest house and will move there in a few days,” AAP leader Shazia Ilmi said.

While the Delhi government was forced to improvise in order to find accommodation for the new Chief Minister,such obstacles weren’t present during the allotment of the Motilal Nehru Marg Type VIII bungalow to former CM Sheila Dikshit. She was allowed to make the bungalow a CM residence through special provisions,which was ratified by the Cabinet Committee on Accommodation (CCA) in 2002.

“The Delhi government had requested for a corner facing flat for the new Delhi CM but it is not the Centre’s job to provide him an accommodation. They have a large pool of houses from where they can allot a house to the CM,” a senior UD Ministry official said.

Kejriwal firm on no security

Delhi Police on Saturday approached Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal yet again to discuss his security but he refused the offer. When he refused,senior police officers also suggested posting policemen in plainclothes. This too was rejected by Kejriwal. Confirming this,Additional CP (Security) V Renganathan said,“The CM refused security from us. We will approach him again.”

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