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UP Guv asks CM to seeks action over damage to bungalow vacated by Akhilesh

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

Ram today asked the to take action over the reported damage to the bungalow vacated by former minister Akhilesh Yadav, calling it a serious matter involving the taxpayer's money.

In a letter to Minister Yogi Adityanath, the 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 ministers belong to the Estates department and their maintenance is done through the taxpayers' money," he wrote.

"The needs to take proper action as per the rules into the damages caused to the state's property," said.

The bungalow was vacated by the in compliance with a order that former chief ministers were not entitled to any government accommodation in

Video clips and photos had shown damage to a cycle track, on walls after air-conditioners seemed to have been removed and to the floor of what appeared to be a badminton court at the vacated bungalow.

Yadav had then said it was an attempt by the to defame him.

The also called the Estates department officials and was told that videography had been done at the houses vacated by the former chief ministers.

After the video clips surfaced, estates department official had said officials will check the inventory of fittings provided at the bungalow.

The department will serve a notice if there was any damage done intentionally or if there was anything missing, he had said.

The SP had termed the video clips as an attempt to tarnish Yadav's image, saying his popularity was continuously growing after the defeat of the BJP in recent bypolls.

It asked why the bungalows vacated by other former chief ministers were not shown.

As the two parties sparred, the BJP had said the damage at the bungalow reflected Yadav's frustration.

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 official bungalows.

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First Published: Tue, June 12 2018. 21:10 IST