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Not feeling at home

Delhi’s MLAs want the swank Games village flats. We admire their good taste and real estate acumen.

india Updated: Apr 04, 2010 21:51 IST

When the Commonwealth Games get off the starting block, we can think of a new discipline in which our MLAs can participate. That of competing for a plush residence in the Games village. While the other athletes could be given medals, the Delhi MLAs should compete to get across the finishing line and be given homes according to their performance. The MLAs have demanded that the flats built in the Games village be given to them at special prices which could then be financed by soft loans.

Now for the rest of us working stiffs who have barely got a roof over our heads, the argument that MLAs don’t have homes, so the government must provide for them, seems infuriating. But we do admire their taste in real estate. Not for them some far-flung outpost in the NCR, but the portals of these tony flats. We would have thought that with all the cash being splashed around for the Games, the government would want to sack the flats to the highest bidder and not subsidise MLAs who pretty much live off the fat of the land anyway.

Housing, we notice, is something that excites our elected representatives more than most other things. And by this, we don’t mean the Houses of Parliament. We understand their logic. If they don’t have a place to rest their weary heads after all that tough legislation-making, how are they to work for the benefit of the rest of us? Which means that if the Games village flats are not handed over, we could be in for worse, if that is possible, times in the Capital. But perhaps, we should just take a chance on that and put in a bid for those flats ourselves. After all, we have grown used to the policy of take and take.