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Online petition asks LS speaker to make 27 MPs pay hotel bills

An online community of activists has decided to ask Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and the Modi government to ensure that taxpayers do not have to foot the hotel bills of 27 MPs who did not move out of hotels after being allotted their official houses.

india Updated: Aug 13, 2015 23:59 IST
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Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan during proceedings of the lower House of Parliament. (PTI Photo)
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan during proceedings of the lower House of Parliament. (PTI Photo)

This online petition could give quite a few MPs sleepless nights. An online community of activists has decided to ask Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and the Modi government to ensure that taxpayers do not have to foot the hotel bills of 27 MPs who did not move out of hotels after being allotted their official houses.

The petition — initiated by online activist network Avaaz — wants the 27 MPs including Union ministers to be made to foot their `5.3 crore pending hotel bill. Nearly 12,000 people have already signed the petition.

“We urge you to direct the Lok Sabha Secretariat not to clear bills of any MP who overstayed and force them to pay for overstaying, instead of the Indian taxpayer,” the petition said, hoping to drive home the message: “You stay, you pay”.

The government — which has paid over Rs 24 crore for their hotel stay — can pay the bills only after the LS secretariat vets them.

As first reported by HT on April 13, Union urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu had called for a change in the rules way back on April 13, wondering why MPs should occupy rooms when Parliament was not in session and MPs weren’t in Delhi.

A suite in the state-run luxury hotel commands Rs 12,000 a day and a room at Rs 9,000.