Vacate official bungalows: UP govt to 6 ex-CMs

In compliance with the Supreme Court orders, the Uttar Pradesh government has asked six former CMs to vacate government bungalows within 15 days.

The notices were sent by the Estate Department served to Union home minister Rajnath Singh, Rajasthan governor Kalyan Singh, SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav, BSP chief Mayawati, SP president Akhilesh Yadav, and senior Congress leader ND Tewari.

“The former CMs have been asked to vacate the government accommodation within 15 days,” said UP estate officer Yogesh Shukla.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court has quashed Uttar Pradesh government’s law which granted permanent residential accommodation to former chief ministers of the state.

The SC in its May 7 ruling had observed: “Whether retention of official accommodation by the functionaries mentioned in Section 4(3) of the 1981Act after they had demitted office violate the equality clause guaranteed by Article 14 of the Constitution of India?”

The apex court said that Section 4(3) of Uttar Pradesh ministers (salaries, allowances and miscellaneous provisions) Act, 2016 was unconstitutional.