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Rajasthan BJP leaders fined for not vacating official bungalows

BJP Rajya Sabha member Kirodi Lal Meena and MLA Narpat Singh Rajvi will have to vacate the bungalows, which have now been allotted to Congress MLAs.

india Updated: Sep 28, 2019 13:13 IST
Urvashi Dev Rawal
Urvashi Dev Rawal
Hindustan Times, Jaipur
Rajasthan government slaps BJP leaders with fine for occupying official bungalows beyond term of office.
Rajasthan government slaps BJP leaders with fine for occupying official bungalows beyond term of office.(HT Photo/ Nitin Kanotra )
         

Two leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Rajasthan have been slapped a fine of Rs 10,000 per day for occupying official bungalows beyond the stipulated date of occupation.

The Congress-led government issued notices to the BJP’s Rajya Sabha member Kirodi Lal Meena and MLA Narpat Singh Rajvi on August 23 regarding the payment of the fine from that date. They have accumulated a fine of Rs 3.5 lakh each till now.

They will also have to vacate the bungalows, which have now been allotted to Congress MLAs.

Rajvi is the son-in-law of late Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, chief minister of Rajasthan and vice- president of India.

The bungalow on 14 Civil Lines in Jaipur was allotted to Shekhawat and after his death to his wife. After she died in 2014, the government had asked the family to vacate the property.

However, Rajvi continued to occupy the premises saying he was paying rent to the government. The state government has now allotted the bungalow to Congress chief whip in the assembly Mahesh Sharma.

Rajvi’s son Abhimanyu said they have paid rent for the accommodation till October.

“We have requested the government to allot the house to us on grounds of seniority,” he said.

Meena’s wife Golma Devi, a former MLA, lives in the Hospital Road bungalow that was allotted to her when she was a minister in the Congress government from 2008-13.

The state assembly had passed the Rajasthan Ministers’ Salaries (Amendment) Bill, 2019, in August requiring ex-ministers to pay Rs 10,000 per day if they continued to occupy government bungalows beyond two months after the end of their terms.

Former ministers have to pay Rs 5,000 every month after the expiry of the two-month period.

First Published: Sep 28, 2019 13:13 IST

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