February 26, 2021

Priyanka Gandhi: Centre cancels allotment of presidency bungalow to Priyanka Gandhi

Seven months after BJP authorities withdrew SPG cowl from the Gandhi family, the Centre has requested Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to vacate her Lodhi Property authorities lodging inside a month.

The directorate of estates has served a discover to Vadra to vacate her 35 Lodhi Property, a Kind VI bungalow, by August 1. The discover reads, “Consequent upon withdrawal of SPG safety and grant of Z+ safety cowl by ministry of dwelling affairs, which doesn’t have provision for allotment/ retention of presidency lodging on safety grounds to you, the allotment of Kind VIB Home quantity 35, Lodhi Property, New Delhi is hereby cancelled wef 01.07.2020. One month concessional interval on the identical lease, i.e. upto 01.08.2020 is allowed as per guidelines,” the discover signed by deputy director (estates) G P Sarkar reads.

ET had first reported in its November 9, 2019 version that after elimination of SPG cowl Priyanka shouldn’t be entitled to a authorities lodging and a transfer is afoot to make her vacate the bungalow. Priyanka had been allotted 35 Lodhi Property, a Kind VI bungalow, in February 1997 for safety causes. The bungalow was allotted to Priyanka, a non-public citizen, after the advice of SPG, dwelling ministry and Cupboard Secretariat on the idea that SPG protectees want an impartial bungalow of sure specs to supply the safety cowl. Nonetheless, along with her SPG cowl gone – the explanation for her getting authorities lodging – Priyanka would now must vacate her home.

What makes an excellent case for eviction is the truth that Modi authorities had modified within the guidelines for allotment of presidency lodging in 2015 and made solely SPG protectees eligible for presidency lodging. Earlier than 2015, even these with Z plus safety have been entitled for presidency lodging.

Whereas the safety cowl was faraway from all the Gandhi family, solely Priyanka will be made to vacate her bungalow. Her brother Rahul, who occupies 12 Tughlaq Lane bungalow, can occupy a authorities lodging as a member of Parliament. Additionally, that bungalow has been below Lok Sabha Pool since 2004. Congress president Sonia Gandhi has been allotted her 10 Janpath residence for her lifetime. The Cupboard Committee on Political Affairs had allotted 10 Janpath to Sonia Gandhi because the widow of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1991. For the reason that lease situations of the Kind VIII bungalow (the best class of bungalow in authorities lodging hierarchy) specify that the residence is for all times time, Gandhi can occupy the home even when her SPG cowl is taken away.