Ajit Singh gives up bungalow, to pitch for memorial

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Sep 27, 2014 12:10 IST

Senior Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) leader Ajit Singh on Friday handed over possession of the accommodation allotted to him by the UPA-II regime.

The Union urban development (UD) ministry had served him an eviction notice in May after he lost the election. After Singh did not vacate the bungalow on 12, Tughlaq Road despite repeated reminders, the ministry disconnected power and water supply to the bungalow.

A senior UD ministry official said, “Singh vacated the house after 118 days of unauthorised occupation.”

Singh and his party workers have, however, vowed to continue their agitation to get the bungalow converted to a memorial for his father, former prime minister Chaudhary Charan Singh, who had lived there.

Singh told HT that a massive rally is being organised in Meerut by RLD supporters on October 12 to demand for the conversion of the bungalow to a memorial. “If the Centre does not relent, RLD supporters will plan a similar rally in the Capital as well,” he said.

He also labelled the move to forcibly evict him as “discourteous”. “The government is citing rules against converting the bungalow to a memorial. Where were these rules when bungalows in Lutyens’ Delhi were converted to a memorial for leaders like Babu Jagjivam Ram and Lal Bahadur Shastri?” he asked.

RLD supporters had recently clashed with the police and threatened to cut water supply to Delhi over the decision to evict Singh from the house.

Coming ahead of assembly elections in Haryana, political pundits see Singh’s demand as a bid to revive agrarian and subaltern politics. Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda, in an attempt to tap Jat votes ahead of the state assembly elections, has also come out in support of Singh’s demand.

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