Rahul Gandhi Asked to Vacate Govt-alloted Bungalow in a Month
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addresses a press conference at the AICC headquarters, in New Delhi, Saturday. (PTI Photo)
According to a senior official, a disqualified Lok Sabha member has to vacate the official bungalow within one month of losing his membership
The Lok Sabha Housing Committee has given notice to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to vacate his government-allotted bungalow in a month, sources said on Monday, days after he was disqualified from the parliament.
The potential loss of the prestigious house at 12, Tughlaq Lane in Lutyens’ Delhi is expected to be a massive symbolic blow to Congress ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. The bungalow was allotted to the four-time MP in 2004 when he won his first Lok Sabha election from Amethi in Uttar Pradesh. Gandhi was disqualified from Lok Sabha a day after he was convicted in a 2019 defamation case regarding his “all Modis are thieves” remark. The disqualification will prevent Gandhi, a four-time MP, from contesting elections for eight years unless a higher court stays the conviction.
According to a senior official, a disqualified Lok Sabha member has to vacate the official bungalow within one month of losing his membership. Gandhi can write to the Housing Committee seeking an extended stay, a request that can be considered by the panel, another official said.
The notification issued by the Lok Sabha Secretariat was marked to various departments, including the Directorate of Estates, New Delhi Municipal Council, and all the benefits available to Gandhi as a member of Parliament too are under review, a PTI report said.
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