Priyanka Gandhi vacates government bungalow at Delhi’s Lodhi Road
In a communication on June 30, the govt had asked her to vacate the bungalow by August 1 on the grounds that she was not more a Special Protection Group protectee
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra handed over the possession of 35 Lodhi Estate, previously allotted to her on security grounds, to the CPWD on Thursday.
The keys to the bungalow were accepted on behalf of the CPWD after a full inspection establishing that the house was handed over in good condition by JE of CPWD P Senthil Kumar in the presence of Vikas Rana, CE (NDZ-I), Yogesh Kumar Kardam, AE, Manoj Kumar Chauhan, AE, CPWD Services and B.S. Rana, JE (PAWD-I, CPWD). They issued her a ‘Vacation Report’ for the premises on behalf of the CPWD.
Priyanka Gandhi also passed on to the CPWD and the Directorate of Estates a full inventory of privately installed fittings, fixtures etc. As per a statement released by AICC, she has paid all electricity, water and previous dues and is awaiting the final assessment for the license fee of the month of July from the Directorate of Estates due to her on the 31st July to close all accounts with reference to the allotment and subsequent cancellation of the lease of the government bungalow.
She will be residing in a temporary accommodation until a more permanent accommodation in Delhi rented by her is ready for use.
The government had asked Priyanka to vacate the bungalow by August 1 as she is no more a Special Protection Group (SPG) protectee.
Priyanka has been residing in the Lodhi Estate bungalow since 1997.
The bungalow has now been allotted to BJP Rajya Sabha MP Anil Baluni.
The Ministry of Home Affairs, in its June 30 communication, had said that Priyanka Gandhi had been assigned ‘Z plus’ security with CRPF cover on an all-India basis, which didn’t have any provision for allotment or retention of the government accommodation