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Ex-MPs thrown out of govt houses

From ministers and MPs putting up in five-star hotels, its now come to MPs and ex-MPs being evicted from their homes, reports Vikas Pathak.

india Updated: Sep 19, 2009 01:08 IST
Vikas Pathak

From ministers and MPs putting up in five-star hotels, its now come to MPs and ex-MPs being evicted from their homes.

On Friday, a team from the Directorate of Estates threw out the belongings of ex-MP and Republican Party of India (RPI) leader Ramdas Athawale from his Lodhi Estate residence. He was not in Delhi at the time.

The action sparked off a reaction in Mumbai, where RPI activists vandalised the Congress office. Athawale was an MP in the 14th Lok Sabha, but lost from Shirdi this time.

Those MPs who fail to get re-elected are served notices to vacate their houses, and are supposed to do so within a month. An RTI reply last month had revealed that 36 ex-MPs had overstayed three months after the Lok Sabha poll results.

“Eviction is an ongoing process. All such ex-MPs had been served notices from June-end. If they don’t vacate, our teams go and get the houses vacated by application of due process of law,” an official of the Directorate of Estates told HT.

Athawale could not be contacted despite many attempts. On Thursday, officials threw out the belongings of BJP Rajya Sabha MP Nand Kumar Sai from his South Avenue house. The MP is away on a visit to his home state Chhattisgarh.

Sai’s case, however, is different. Though he lost the last Lok Sabha polls, he won a Rajya Sabha seat last month, and applied for retention of this flat.

The Rajya Sabha secretariat on September 15 permitted him to retain the flat, but a day later his belongings were thrown out.

The official logic: He did not inform them of his re-election. Also, the Rajya Sabha secretariat could not allot this flat to him, as it belonged to the Lok Sabha pool. Both secretariats could have gone ahead with an inter-pool exchange, but they did not.

Sai’s close associate Raj Kumar Chaudhri told HT that the belongings were still heaped outside the house, and that the MP was on his way back and will sit on a dharna to protest the eviction.