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Congress unable to pay ₹35 monthly rent, told to vacate Allahabad office; partymen write to Rahul

The building owner had served the notice for eviction of 3,000 square feet property earlier this year too. He has now asked the Congress to pay the amount or vacate the premises by July end.

india Updated: Jul 20, 2018 10:09 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Allahabad
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The City Congress office in Allahabad’s Chowk locality.(HT photo)

The Congress may lose its Allahabad office over non-payment of Rs 35 a month rent. The party has not paid in decades and has now accumulated a rent of over Rs 50,000.

Located in the congested Chowk locality in Allahabad, the office has nearly eight decades of history behind it and was witness to hectic activities during the freedom struggle.

Senior leaders like PD Tandon, Kamla Nehru and Indira Gandhi have held several meeting here, confirmed party veterans.

While the building owner — Raj Kumar Saraswat — had served the notice for eviction of 3,000 square feet property earlier this year too, he has now asked the Congress to pay the amount or vacate the premises by July end.

Citing its glorious heritage, the present office-bearers have written a letter to Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Uttar Pradesh chief of the party Raj Babbar.

“Efforts are on to pool in money from around 250 office bearers and activists of the City Congress Committee and pay up the dues,” said Kishore Varshney, spokesperson, Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC).

“It is ironical that the party, whose expenditure runs in several crores, could not manage to pay the monthly rent of Rs 35 for the past several years,” quipped a social activist.

First Published: Jul 20, 2018 09:42 IST