Republican Party of India (RPI) workers pelted stones at the renovated Mumbai Regional Congress Office near Azad Maidan in south Mumbai after their leader, Ramdas Athavale’s belongings were thrown out of his official residence in New Delhi on Friday.
The activists pelted stones, shattering two window panes, and fled. The office was inaugurated by Congress president Sonia Gandhi on September 14. Twenty-three people were arrested.
A team from the Directorate of Estates threw out Athavale’s belongings from his Lodhi Estate residence when Athavale was in Mumbai. The ex- Member of Parliament lost the elections from Shirdi.
MPs who do not get re-elected are served notices to vacate houses allotted to them in New Delhi within a month after the election results. “If the MPs don’t vacate after the notices are served, we get the houses vacated,” a senior official of the Directorate of Estates, requesting anonymity.
Athavale said the action was because his party was not going with the Congress in the polls. “It is being done deliberately,” he alleged, adding that this was atrocity against lower castes.