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Slumdog kids meet Cong chief,ask for houses in Bandra

Azharuddin and Rubina met Mumbai Congress president Kripa shankar Singh to seek his help for getting a home.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai |
June 3, 2009 10:13:02 am

Days after the demolition of their homes,Slumdog Millionaire stars Azharuddin and Rubina Ali met Mumbai Congress president Kripa shankar Singh at his residence on Tuesday to seek his help for getting a low-income group MHADA house in Bandra since they study in a school in that locality.

Although they have been allotted houses in Malwani under the MHADA housing scheme,the parents have shown their reluctance to taking it citing the education of their children.

The child stars and their parents met Singh in his sixth-floor residence at Vile Parle with their pleas. Singh assured them that he will try his best to get them a house in Bandra either through the government or through some NGOs or developers.

Singh,however,pointed out that MHADA has LIG houses for accommodation only in Malwani,Sion and Ghatkopar for the time being. Meanwhile,Singh’s wife Malati Singh,who is a social worker,has pledged her support to fund the children’s education in future.

While leaving the building premises,Azhar was seen asking Rubina if the whole building belonged to Singh. “If so,they can give us a flat here,” the children were heard saying. However,it was soon pointed out to them that only one floor belonged to Singh.

Singh had earlier approached the Chief Minister for getting houses for the children and their parents.

Rubina and Azhar were on the streets after their homes in the Garib Nagar slum in Bandra were pulled down by Western Railway officials last month.

“I’ve spoken to a developer today to see if they can give a house on ‘no profit no loss’ basis,” Singh said.

“I’ve also spoken to the corporation to rehabilitate them since their shanties were built before 2000. BMC said they will look into it after the nullah work is over,” Singh added.

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