New Delhi, Oct 23: Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) AK Joti dismissed reports, which claimed that he had asked the Gujarat government to let him stay in Ahmedabad bungalow, for over a year, after he succeeded Nasim Zaidi as the head of the Election Commission on July 6. Also Read - Coronavirus in Gujarat: 45-Year-Old COVID-19 Patient Dies, State's Death Toll Reaches 5
Joti said that he had not requested any undue favours from the Gujarat government. He was alloted a bungalow by the state government in Ahmedabad while he was in the government service. Also Read - Amid Lockdown, Gujarat Govt to Provide Food Items Freely to Poor Families From April 1
Talking to Times of India, Joti said,”I was allocated a house in Delhi only after one year of being appointed in the EC. I requested the Gujarat government to allow me to keep possession of the house in the Dafnala area of Ahmedabad as I could not have lived with my wife for a year in Delhi’s Gujarat Bhavan. I have paid the rent as per Gujarat government norms.” Also Read - 69-Year-Old Man Gujarat's First Casualty Due to Coronavirus, Death Toll in India Rises to Seven
“As soon I was provided a house by the government of India, I vacated the Ahmedabad bungalow in October 2016. All these facts are on record. I have not taken any undue favours from any government,” Joti defended.
Earlier, a news portal The Wire had reported that the chief election commissioner AK Joti continued to stay in Ahmedabad bungalow until late 2016 (given by Gujarat government ) even after he was appointed to the Election Commission.
64-year-old Joti, who was the chief secretary of Gujarat when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the chief minister, appointed as the head of the Election Commission on July 6, 2017. Joti, a 1975-batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer would be in office till January 17 next year.