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Bungalow a necessity: Mukul

Shillong, Jan. 7: Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma today asserted that occupying a government bungalow was more of a “necessity than a luxury”. The statement came in the wake of reports of the “austerity measures” being undertaken by Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, who had also refused to shift to the official bungalow.

Sangma minced no words when he said there are politicians who resort to “populist strategies” by refusing to occupy bungalows or utilise the red beacon — the status symbol of power. “Different people adopt different approaches to governance. I need not tell my colleagues that we should only replicate somebody else’s approach to governance, because I believe not in rhetoric, but in actual demonstration of our commitment and resolve to serve the people and take the state forward,” Sangma told reporters after a cabinet meeting here.

Before moving into the official bungalow — Good Wood — Sangma had stayed in his private residence at Nongrim Hills here since he took over as chief minister in April 2010.

The Rs 10-crore bungalow was completed after the state Assembly elections last year.