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Virbhadra Singh, Farooq Abdullah asked to vacate government bungalows

New Delhi: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, former Union Minister Farooq Abdullah and the widow of late Congress leader Arjun Singh have been asked by the Urban Development Ministry to vacate the government bungalows
PTI September 26, 2015 17:02 IST
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New Delhi: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, former Union Minister Farooq Abdullah and the widow of late Congress leader Arjun Singh have been asked by the Urban Development Ministry to vacate the government bungalows occupied by them.

The Cabinet Committee on Accommodation (CCA) had cancelled the allotment of the bungalow to Mr. Singh in April this year. But Mr. Singh continued to overstay, so the eviction notice was served by the Directorate of Estates.

According to a senior UD Ministry official, Mr. Singh has written to the Directorate of Estates to allow him to retain the house. Representative of the Himachal will meet meeting DoE official on September 29 to sort out the issue.

Besides Mr. Singh, the eviction notice has been served a few days ago to Mr. Abdullah and Arjun Singh's widow Saroj Kumari, the official said.

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Ms. Saroj was allowed to stay at Caning Lane bungalow after the Congress veteran died in 2011. The UPA government had allowed her to stay till 2016 while the NDA cancelled the allotment and asked her to vacate the house.

Mr. Abdullah continues to stay at the Teen Murti Lane house after demitting office in 2014.

The Home Ministry has conveyed verbally to the UD Ministry to let the National Conference leader stay on security grounds.

However, the UD Ministry now wants it in writing so that it could be sent to the CCA for a final decision, the official added.