Lying unused for just over a year, the car used by former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit finally has a taker.
Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, who had earlier moved into the same bungalow at Mathura Road where Dikshit lived till 2004, has taken the car too.
Unlike their previous term of 49-days, when the ministers of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had refused official bungalows and cars, this time, the ministers have taken both. However, according to Delhi government officials, no requests for new vehicles have been made by the AAP ministers.
“The Suzuki Vitara car was lying unused as chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had refused to take an official vehicle. The office of the deputy CM then requested for a vehicle and the car was allotted to him. There is no official protocol that only the CM can use this car,” said a Delhi government official.
Sources said that Kejriwal is travelling in an Innova car and it is not allotted by the Delhi government. “Other ministers have also requested for cars and they have been allotted Innova cars. These cars were used by ministers in the previous government. Although they are entitled to ask for new cars, but they chose to use the old one. Ministers in previous governments used to change their vehicles every year,” the official added.
Sources said that 21 parliamentary secretaries, appointed by the government, will not be given any official vehicle or office. A few of them had requested the General Administration Department (GAD) but they were told about the CM’s directive of not issuing cars to them. However, they will get their offices in the assembly premises.
All the ministers have been allotted houses too. Sisodia has moved into a four-bedroom duplex Mathura Road bungalow. In 2013, he had shifted to two government flats in east Delhi’s Mayur Vihar. Sources said that the speaker and deputy speaker have also been allotted bungalows and they will move in shortly as renovation work is on at those premises.