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Bungalow clock ticks on Lalu

New Delhi, July 9 (PTI): The Narendra Modi government has allowed Lalu Prasad to retain his Lutyen’s zone bungalow till October, a few months less than a UPA allotment, but asked ex-Bihar governor Buta Singh to vacate his immediately.

The moves are part of a review of the UPA’s allotments in the VIP enclave at a time many of Modi’s 29 cabinet colleagues have not been able to shift to their new accommodation as the houses are yet to be vacated by the previous occupants.

However, the family of the late UPA minister Sis Ram Ola has been allowed to retain their bungalow till February 2015, said an official in the urban development ministry.

Lalu Prasad, who has been holding his Tughlaq Road bungalow since 2004, was served an eviction notice after he ceased to be an MP following his conviction in a fodder scam case last September. His RJD is no longer a national party, whose chiefs can claim such accommodation.

After the notice, Lalu Prasad had requested then minister Kamal Nath for an extension, citing wife Rabri Devi’s illness that required regular visits to AIIMS.

The ministry had, just before this summer’s polls, allowed him to retain the house for another year. Now, he will have to leave earlier. “He has to vacate by October,” the official said.

Buta has been asked to leave his Teen Murti Marg bungalow as soon as possible. “The eviction procedure is being initiated,” the official said. The 80-year-old ex-Union minister has claimed security threats to stay in the bungalow.