Bungalow damage row: Akhilesh terms it as BJP conspiracy

TIL Desk/National/Lucknow/ Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today slammed the BJP over reports of damage to the bungalow vacated by him in the state capital, terming it as a “conspiracy” by the saffron party. “The BJP it is rattled after repeated defeats in a series of by-elections,” the SP leader said at a hurriedly convened press conference here. “It is the BJP’s conspiracy,” he charged.

His outburst came a day after UP Governor Ram Naik asked the state government to take action over the reported damage to the bungalow vacated by the former chief minister, calling it a serious matter involving the taxpayer’s money. In a letter to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, the Governor said reports about the damage at 4, Vikramaditya Marg, were doing the rounds in the media and among the common people.

He said this was a “serious matter”. “The residences allocated to the former chief ministers belong to the Estates department and their maintenance is done through the taxpayers’ money,” he wrote. “The state government needs to take proper action as per rules on the damage caused to the state’s property,” Ram Naik said. The bungalow was vacated by the Samajwadi Party leader in compliance with a Supreme Court order that former chief ministers were not entitled to any government accommodation in Lucknow.

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