INDIA: The Delhi government’s Public Works Department (PWD) issued an order to state that the families of former deputy minister Manish Sisodia and ex-health minister Satyendar Jain have seven days to vacate their Civil Lines bungalow.
The former Delhi cabinet ministers are currently in jail, facing serious charges of corruption. Thus, they resigned from their respective portfolios on February 28, 2023. According to official documents, the government has now allotted the official bungalows to Atishi and Saurabh Bharadwaj, the two new members of the Delhi cabinet.
Meanwhile, both the former ministers have been asked to submit their confirmation letter, accepting the fact that they will shift to the house. The bungalows have to be vacated by March 21.
According to a Delhi government official, “a minister must leave the government residence they have been residing in within 15 days after leaving office, under the law.”
Besides this, Aam Aadmi Party Rajya Sabha MP Raghav Chadha said, “It is a legal procedure. But, like Bharat reigned by preserving Lord Ram’s footprints on the throne after he was exiled, two of our ministers will function similarly in the absence of Manish Sisodia and Satyendar Jain.”
Reportedly, Sisodia is an official occupant of bungalow number AB-17, Mathura Road, whereas Jain had been previously assigned bungalow 2 on Raj Niwas Marg.
Senior AAP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh said, brushing out all confusion, that “Atishi is a minister; it (the bungalow) has been allotted in her name; what is wrong with it? Manish Sisodia is our brother; his family is our family, and we will take care of them.”
Amit Malviya, the head of the BJP’s national information technology department, attacked Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal by saying, “Kejriwal vowed to take care of Manish Sisodia and his family.”
“However, he was fired almost immediately, whereas Satyendar Jain was kept as minister while imprisoned for nine months. Sisodia has now been requested to quit the home in order for it to be assigned to Atishi,” he added.
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