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BJP, SP spar over 'damage' at govt bungalow vacated by Akhilesh

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

The and the BJP today hurled accusations at each other over the damage seen at the government bungalow vacated by

Pictures and video clips showed damage to a cycle track, on walls after air-conditioners seemed to have been removed and to the floor of what seemed to be a badminton court at the bungalow here.

The played down the damage, asking why the state of the homes recently vacated by other former chief ministers in compliance with a order was not being shown.

The BJP mocked the SP chief, saying the damage showed Akhilesh Yadav's frustration.

Last night, Yadav handed over the keys of the bungalow on Vikramaditya Marg to the UP estates department, an said.

After this, the authorities let photographers to enter the premises.

Yadav had moved out a few days earlier, complying with the order on May 7 that former UP chief ministers cannot retain government accommodation in

Following the SC order, the UP estates department had issued notices to six former chief ministers - Narayan Dutt Tiwari, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Kalyan Singh, Mayawati, and

Barring veteran N D Tiwari, who is ailing in Delhi, all of them have now handed over their bungalows.

The SP said the video clips indicated that the BJP was worried over Yadav's popularity.

"This is an attempt by the government to misguide the people of the state and tarnish Akhilesh Yadav's image," SP said.

He asked why the official bungalows allotted to and were not shown to the media after they vacated them.

"The reason is that after the electoral losses in Gorakhpur, Phulpur, Kairana and Noorpur, Akhilesh Yadav's popularity is increasing, and it has given cause for worry to UP "

Sajan also asked why no was present when the vacated was shown to the media.

He said the estates department should provide an inventory of the work done by it at the bungalow.

In a tweet, Yadav said his opponents were calling his home the 'White House' and asked if this meant they themselves stayed in a black house.

said, The damage done to the bungalow before it was vacated by Yadav shows his frustration.

He said the SP and Yadav must tell the people why the tiles at the house were uprooted.

The party alleged that the got a grand bungalow built for himself at government expense after realizing that he would not take oath as for the second time.

Asked about the video clips showing the damage at Yadav's bungalow, said the department will check its inventory to see what fittings were provided by it.

The department will serve a notice if it finds any shortcomings or "intentional damage," he told

Of the six bungalows allotted to former chief ministers, only N D Tiwari's house is yet to be handed over.

His wife has sought more time from the estates department, pleading that the veteran was in in the "last stages" of his life.

"He is bedridden for the past eight months and I am also not keeping well. It is not practically possible for me to come down to and vacate the premises," she had told over the phone on June 2.

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First Published: Sat, June 09 2018. 18:35 IST