UP government may convert 13A Mall Avenue bungalow into Dalit memorial
The state government may not disturb the status of the 13A Mall Avenue bungalow, which BSP chief Mayawati has vacated, and convert it into a Dalit memorial.Updated: Jun 04, 2018 15:55 IST
The state government may not disturb the status of the 13A Mall Avenue bungalow, which BSP chief Mayawati has vacated, and convert it into a Dalit memorial, people familiar with the matter said on Sunday. Such a step may taken in view of the Lok Sabha election as the BSP chief had played the Dalit icon card by claiming that the house was a memorial to her mentor and party founder Kanshi Ram, they said.
Along with Kanshi Ram, the statues of other Dalit icons might be installed in the bungalow and the rooms once occupied by BSP chief are likely to be converted into an office, they said. It will be open to the public once it was converted into a Dalit memorial, they added.
After vacating the bungalow on 13-A Mall Avenue on Saturday, Mayawati handed over its keys to the estate department. Before vacating the bungalow, Mayawati held a press conference and took media persons around the premises that she said was converted into a memorial to Kanshi Ram on January 13, 2011 and named Sri Kanshiram Ji Yadgar Vishram Sthal.
She said the responsibility for maintenance and security of the memorial rested with the state government.
When asked about the status of the 13-A Mall Avenue bungalow, an estate department officer said in government documents, the bungalow was allotted to the former chief minister for residential accommodation. The estate department will take action, according to the rules and the law set by the state government regarding government bungalows, he said.
Five former Uttar Pradesh chief ministers have vacated their bungalows in line with a Supreme Court order. All eyes are now on the 1-A Mall Avenue house allotted to ND Tiwari who is admitted in a Delhi hospital.
His wife has already sought a year’s time to vacate the bungalow.
Estate officer Yogesh Shukla said the estate department had sought the law department’s opinion on regarding a request made by Tiwari’s wife.
People familiar with the matter said the state government might give extra time to Tiwari to vacate the bungalow since he had suffered a brain stroke and was undergoing treatment in a Delhi hospital.
Tiwari’s condition was serious and his family members were with him in Delhi, an officer said.
‘VACATED’ BUNGALOWS LIKELY TO BE ALLOTTED TO SENIOR MINISTERS
Senior ministers might be allotted the bungalows vacated by former chief ministers Mulayam Singh Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav, Rajnath Singh and Kalyan Singh, people familiar with the matter said.