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Parties to move out of Delhi bungalows

POLITICAL PARTIES occupying government bungalows will now be evicted from their prime location in Luyten's Delhi and given plots of land in the Capital on the basis of the number of MPs they have in Parliament.

india Updated: Jun 17, 2006 01:16 IST
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POLITICAL PARTIES occupying government bungalows will now be evicted from their prime location in Luyten's Delhi and given plots of land in the Capital on the basis of the number of MPs they have in Parliament.

Under the new policy approved by the cabinet on Friday, major national political parties like the Congress and the BJP, which have more than 201 MPs, will get four acre plot of land while the smaller state parties having less than four MPs will have to be satisfied with an office in VP House. To get land allotted for constructing an office, the national/state political party recognised by the Election Commission should have a minimum of seven MPs in both the Houses taken together.

The political parties would most probably be given land in RK Puram, Mehrauli and Badarpur areas, Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy said. The allotment of plots will be done within the next two months. Briefing newspersons about the cabinet decision, Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee said the policy for allotment of land was "uniform and rational" so as to enable effective functioning of the parties. He said the policy was decided in view of the Supreme Court's directive to these parties to vacate government bungalows.

First Published: Jun 17, 2006 01:16 IST