Priyanka Gandhi asked to vacate government bungalow by August 1

Congress says Priyanka won’t be deterred by such notices

Priyanka Gandhi asked to vacate government bungalow by August 1

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. Reuters file

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 1

AICC general secretary and Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s daughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is all set to lose her posh government accommodation in Lodi Estate with the government on Wednesday canceling the allotment and asking her to vacate the house by August 1.

In an order today the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs said the cancellation had been ordered consequent upon the withdrawal of Special Protection Group security to Priyanka and the related grant of Z-plus security cover by the Home Ministry.

“Consequent upon the withdrawal of the SPG protection and Z-plus security by Home Ministry, there is no provision of the allotment or retention of government accommodation on security grounds to you. The allotment of Type 6B house No. 35, Lodi Estate, New Delhi, is hereby cancelled with effect from July 1. One month concessional period on the same rent up to August 1, 2020 is allowed as per rules,” the Deputy Director of Estates GP Sarkar wrote to Vadra in a letter today.

The letter also said failure to vacate the house on or before August 1, 2020, would attract damages and charges and penal rent as per rules.

Priyanka won’t be deterred by such notices: Congress

Terming the service of house vacation notice to Priyanka as an act of vendetta, the Congress said the party won’t be cowed down by such moves and will continue to raise issues concerning people.

“BJP’s hatred and sense of vendetta for Congress leaders is well known but the government has now touched new lows by serving a house vacation notice to Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. We won’t be flustered by such notices,” Congress media head Randeep Surjewala said.

He said the move reflected the anxiety of PM Narendra Modi and UP CM Yogi Adityanath as Priyanka Vadra is active in UP.

“Both PM and UP CM are unnerved by political activism of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. She won’t be deterred by such fruitless and wasteful exercise. She will continue to show you the mirror and to champion the cause of the people,” said Surjewala accusing the PM of earlier stripping his predecessors Manmohan Singh and HD Deve Gowda of SPG cover.

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