RJD to move court over bungalow battle

Former RJD ministers have moved Patna High Court challenging the state government's move to evict them from their government bungalows.

By Dipak Mishra in Patna
  • Published 16.10.17
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Patna: Former RJD ministers have moved Patna High Court challenging the state government's move to evict them from their government bungalows.

In their petition, they have charged the housing and building construction department of double standards in allotment of bungalows by trying to evict senior former ministers of the RJD without allotting accommodation they are entitled to, while letting other former ministers from the JDU stay on.

The petitioners have dubbed the orders to be whimsical, arbitrary and vindictive.

The ex-ministers allege that rules of allotment of government accommodation have been violated and been made a political tool.

Around a dozen former RJD ministers, including Tejashwi Yadav, Tej Pratap Yadav, Abdul Bari Siddiqui and Chandrika Rai, have been asked to move out of their bungalows. Their bungalows have already been allotted to BJP ministers.

In their petition, the former RJD ministers have pointed out that former JDU ministers like Naushad Alam, Ranju Geeta, Lesie Singh and Bima Bharati have been allowed to continue in their ministerial bungalows despite initially being allotted different accommodation, and alleges that orders were changed to allow them to stay on.

The petition also points out that former JDU ministers Nagendra Narayan Yadav and Shyam Rajak were being allowed to continue in their ministerial bungalows even after their removal from the cabinet, and that several first-term ruling party MLAs such as Mewa Lal Choudhary and Sunil Choudhary have been given bungalows, which they are not entitled to.

The petitioners pointed out that second-term MLC Sanjay Singh continues to occupy a ministerial accommodation and that several ruling party MLAs such as Gyanendra Singh Gyanu and Subhash Singh have been given accommodation meant for former ministers. The RJD leaders alleged that both the housing department and the Assembly secretariat have been arbitrary in allotting houses.

The petition also alleges former minister Ashok Choudhary is being allowed to continue in his ministerial bungalow because he is leading a revolt against the party leadership in favour of Nitish Kumar.