Bhopal, Jul 28: The Madhya Pradesh government has reportedly re-allotted the official bunglows to at least three former chief ministers of the state. The decision comes against MP High Court order directing the ex-CMs to vacate the government bungalows by July 19.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, using his ‘discretionary powers’, has allowed the three former chief ministers – Uma Bharti, Kailash Joshi and Babulal Gaur – to retain government bungalows. However, all these leaders will be required to pay rent for these bungalows.
Union Minister Uma Bharti, in her re-allotment application, said she is an ex-MLA who frequently visits the state. On the other hand, Joshi claimed that he is a social activist. The re-allotment of official bungalow to Babulal Gaur has been done as he is a sitting MLA, claims a media report.
Meanwhile, Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, too, hasn’t vacated the bungalow. He is yet to apply for re-allotment. On the other hand, Congress Campaign Committee chairman Jyotiraditya Scindia’s application for allotment of government accommodation in Bhopal is currently in queue.
The Madhya Pradesh High Court on June 20 had directed the Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led government in the state to have the bungalows allotted to former chief ministers in Bhopal vacated within a month.
On similar lines earlier this year, six former chief ministers of Uttar Pradesh namely, ND Tiwari, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Kalyan Singh, Mayawati, Rajnath Singh and Akhilesh Yadav, were forced to vacate their bungalows following the Supreme Court order.