Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav today met Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at his official residence here in the backdrop of the apex court directive asking former chief ministers of the state to vacate their government accommodation.
"Mulayam Singh reached the chief minister's residence this afternoon and remained there for about 20 minutes. It was an unscheduled meeting," a senior official said.
Though it was termed a "courtsey meeting" by government officials, Yadav's close aides confided that he discussed the issue related to his bunglow.
The former chief minister resides at 5-Vikramaditya Marg, while his son, Akhilesh Yadav, also a former chief minister, is his neighbour at 4-Vikramaditya Marg.
The Supreme Court had earlier this month said former chief ministers of Uttar Pradesh cannot retain government accommodation after demitting office, adding a chief minister was at par with a common man once his or her term ends.
The court was hearing a petition filed by an NGO
'Lok Prahari' challenging the amendments made by the erstwhile Akhilesh Yadav government to the UP Ministers (Salaries, Allowances and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 1981.
Six former chief ministers of the state--Narayan Dutt Tiwari, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Kalyan Singh, Mayawati, Rajnath Singh and Akhilesh Yadav--currently occupy prime government properties in the high security VVIP zone in Lucknow.
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