LUCKNOW: Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav has handed over the keys of the official bungalow allotted to him on Vikramaditya Marg in Lucknow to the Uttar Pradesh estate department, an official said today.
The move comes after the Supreme Court on May 7 observed that former Uttar Pradesh chief ministers cannot retain government accommodation after demitting office.
The estate department had issued notices to six former chief ministers – Narayan Dutt Tiwari, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Kalyan Singh, Mayawati, Rajnath Singh and Akhilesh Yadav – to vacate their official bungalows in compliance with the order.
“Akhilesh Yadav yesterday night handed over the keys of the government bungalow allotted to him to the estate department,” department official Yogesh Kumar Shukla told PTI.
Asked about the video clips circulating on social media that Yadav’s bungalow was damaged, Shukla said: “We will check our inventory as to what things were provided by us, and what works were done by us. If shortcomings are detected and damages done intentionally are found, we will serve a notice to the occupant.”
The Samajwadi Party said the video clips were aimed at tarnishing Yadav’s image as his popularity was continuously growing after the party’s success in recent bypolls in the state.
“This is an attempt by the government of Yogi Adityanath to misguide the people of the state and tarnish the image of Akhilesh Yadav,” SP spokesperson Sunil Singh Sajan said.
He asked why the official bungalows occupied by Rajnath Singh and Kalyan Singh were not shown to the media after they vacated them.