New Delhi: In a significant move from the Central government, the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs on Wednesday asked Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi to vacate the official accommodation on Lodhi Road as she no longer has Special Protection Group security.Also Read - 2022 UP Election: Will Priyanka Gandhi Vadra be Congress' Chief Ministerial Candidate? She Replies
Issuing a letter to the Congress leader, the Centre said that consequent to the cancellation of the security cover, Priyanka is not entitled to the government accommodation on security grounds. Also Read - Ready to Accept What Congress Chief Decides: Amarinder Singh Meets Sonia Gandhi Amid Rift in Party
The Central government has asked her to vacate the official accommodation by August 1, failing which she would be required to pay rent. Also Read - Uttar Pradesh: TV Journalist Dies Day After Flagging Liquor Mafia’s Threat, Cops Call it 'Road Accident'
“Consequent upon withdrawal of SPG protection and grant of Z+ security cover by Ministry of Home Affairs, which does not have provision for allotment/retention of government accommodation on security ground to you, the allotment of Type 6B house number 35, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi is hereby cancelled with effect from 01/07/2020,” the Centre said in the notice.
The development comes as the centre had in November last year removed the Special Protection Group (SPG) cover from Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her children Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and provided Z-plus security by the CRPF.
The Z-plus security does not entail such a facility and she has to vacate 35 Lodhi Estate bungalow within a month, the Ministry said in the order.
The Congress general secretary, who is in-charge for Uttar Pradesh, was given the bungalow by the MHA on February 21, 1997 as she was an SPG protectee.
Earlier, the Congress had reacted sharply to the withdrawal of SPG cover to the Gandhi family and had even raised the issue in Parliament.