Trinamool MP’s five-star hotel stay costs Rs 37 lakh
Minister of State for Tourism Sultan Ahmed, who ran up a bill of Rs 37 lakh staying In New Delhi’s Hotel Ashok, has moved out after his party, Trinamool Congress, asked him to pay all the extra expenses from his own pocket.india Updated: Dec 03, 2009 00:11 IST
Minister of State for Tourism Sultan Ahmed, who ran up a bill of Rs 37 lakh staying In New Delhi’s Hotel Ashok, has moved out after his party, Trinamool Congress, asked him to pay all the extra expenses from his own pocket.
“I have left Ashok Hotel. I am making preparations to pay the bills. I have been misguided by the officials in my ministry.
I was made to believe that being a Minister for Tourism the bills have to be footed by ITDC. I regret this has happened but it’s not my fault. I am ready to foot the bill,” Ahmed said.
Ahmed said he had been allotted an official bungalow a few days back and was, therefore, staying in the hotel as advised by the officials. Sources said Ahmed was staying in a luxury category business suite comprising two rooms, whose going rate was Rs 20,000 a night. But it was given to the MoS at a rate of Rs 7,000 a night.
Though he was allotted a ministerial bungalow, he could not move in as the CPWD could not get it ready, the minister said. He had been staying in room number 1434 of the hotel for almost six months in the absence of a government house.
Trinamool Lok Sabha Chief whip Sudip Bandopadhyay said Ahmed had been asked to pay for all the extra expenses from his own pocket. Bandopadhyay said Ahmed was a first-time MP and Minister and was “asked by Tourism Ministry officials to move into Ashok Hotel. He was obviously misguided”.
The party also said that it suspected the CPI(M), Left Front partners and “even some friendly parties” of being behind “efforts to defame” it.
Talking about the incident, CPI MP Gurudas Dasgupta said, “Generally MPs ... stay in state guest houses till they get their bungalows and not in five-star hotels.”
(With PTI inputs)