Six former CMs in MP too stare at eviction from government alloted bungalows

With Supreme Court’s response to a PIL repealed ‘Home for Life’ policy for six former Uttar Pradesh chief ministers, former CMs in Madhya Pradesh too might lose their palatial bungalows in future.
The SC verdict came in response to a PIL filed by NGO ‘Lok Prahari’. The verdict comes down heavily on senior leaders including SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and BSP chief Mayawati among others. It also would affect Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav who holds a palatial bungalow in Lucknow by virtue of his stint as former UP chief minister.
Six former CMs in MP too stare at eviction from government alloted bungalows
With the apex court spelling it out in clear terms that former CMs are not entitled for government accommodation for life, six former chief ministers in MP too feel the heat in future.
Those who are in possession of government accommodation in Bhopal include Motilal Vora, Sundarlal Patwa, Kaialsh Joshi, Digvijaya Singh, Uma Bharti and Babulal Gaur, who was recently axed from the cabinet and one of the junior ministers already has staked claim for his bungalow.
CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan besides possessing a CM House, has another bungalow allotted in his name. Senior Congress leader Vora besides having an accommodation in Bhopal, has government bungalows in Delhi and Chhattisgarh.
Off the six former CMs, Digvijaya Singh could continue in his bungalow as he is a Rajya Sabha member and Babulal Gaur too could live in his accommodation till his membership to MP assembly expires in 2018.
During the tenure of Digvijaya Singh government, legislation was passed allowing former chief ministers to continue in their government accommodations and enjoy some other perks. However, in the light of the SC verdict, the former CMs could face problems in future.
RTI activist Ajay Dubey referring to an SC verdict said that the apex court in one of the cases in the past had made it clear that politicians and bureaucrats should vacate the government accommodation six months after their designated term expires.
“There are large numbers of politicians and bureaucrats who are continuing to possess government accommodation against the norms in Bhopal,” alleged Dubey.