Government of Uttar Pradesh on Friday (12 October) allotted the bungalow recently vacated by BSP Chief Mayawati to Samajwadi Secular Morcha (SSM) Chief Shivpal Yadav. The bungalow located on 6, Shastri Marg, was vacated by Maywati on 30 May after an order from the apex court, Hindustan Times reported.
The move is seen as a growing cordiality between Shivpal and the state BJP. After the Supreme Court struck down the provision that let ex-chief ministers to live in government bungalows, several leaders like Mulayam Singh, Akhilesh Yadav, Mayawati, Kalyan Singh and Rajnath Singh vacated their bungalows.
Hardly a month after Shivpal applied for registration of his political front with the Election Commission, he was allotted the bungalow located a few yards from the Chief Minister’s office.
Hindustan Times quoted Estate Officer Yogesh Shukla as saying, “He is eligible for allotment of Category 6 bungalow. The estate department had also received an application from him for allotment of a government accommodation according to his seniority. The bungalow on Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg was lying vacant and has been allotted to him.”
The space in the bungalow will be used for the office space required for the party, and Shivpal is likely to arrive on the auspicious day of Navratri, his supporters said.