The Telegraph
Saturday , August 2 , 2014
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Dal MLA’s hotel draws flak

The state BJP unit on Friday asked the electricity board to disconnect power supply to Buddha Inn, the hotel owned by JDU MLA Anant Singh.

Former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi said that the Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) on the grounds of violation of the civic body’s building bylaws, had directed the managing director of South Bihar Power Distribution Company to snap the power connection.

But even after two weeks, the electricity board has not taken any action in this connection, he added.

“The electricity board officials who are afraid of Anant Singh have failed to take action in this regard. This shows that the Manjhi government has lost its grip in executing administrative directives,” Modi said.

JDU strongman Anant Singh’s hotel Buddha Inn at Sri Krishna Puri has allegedly violated PMC building bylaws by converting the residential purpose land to commercial use without the prior approval of the PMC.

In its order on July 19, 2014, the vigilance court of the PMC directed the civic body to get the hotel vacated within 21 days at the same time demolishing the top two floors. The vigilance court at the same time directed the South Bihar Power Distribution Company to snap electricity and water connections by July 26.

Attempts to contact South Bihar Power Distribution Company officials turned futile on Friday.

PMC commissioner Kuldip Narayan shot a letter to South Bihar Power Distribution Company Limited, Pesu and Bihar Electricity Regulatory Commission on Friday requesting them not to allow electricity connections to all such buildings on which his vigilance court has prohibited the same, including Buddha Inn.

Targeting the Manjhi government, Modi said: “The state in the past one week has witnessed a trailer of Jungle Raj-2, as around three MLAs and one minister have been booked in criminal cases but the police haven’t initiated action against anyone.”

Reacting to Modi’s statement, JDU chief spokesperson Ajay Alok said: “The BJP has no issues to raise. During the Lok Sabha elections, BJP leader Narendra Modi had promised Bihar pleasantries but the state got nothing.”