Bihar former deputy chief minister, Tejashwi Yadav suffered a setback on Friday when Bihar chief minister, Nitish Kumar, rejected his desperate plea to retain his official bungalow.
He was allotted the bungalow after he was appointed the deputy chief minister of the state in alliance with Kumar’s party, JDU. Kumar later sensationally dumped the RJD and Congress party and switched his loyalty to the BJP. Under the new government, Yadav’s post of deputy chief minister went to BJP’s Sushil Kumar Modi. His bungalor at 5, Deshratna Marg too has been allotted to the new deputy CM.
The reallocation of ministerial bungalows was made in August, through an order of the Building Construction Department, to accommodate 14 ministers of the BJP and one of the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) in the new government, reported Press Trust of India.
One of the reasons behind turning down Tejashwi’s plea is believed to be his constant attack against Kumar since parting ways with his party in the government.
“There will be no change in the office order for allocation of bungalows for anybody — whether of the ruling NDA or opposition,” Building Construction Minister Maheshwar Hazari told PTI today.
“The 5, Deshratna Marg bungalow would now be earmarked in the name of the deputy chief minister, while the 1, Polo Road bungalow, which Tejashwi would swap with Sushil Modi, would be the permanent address of the Leader of Opposition in the Bihar Legislative Assembly,” Hazari, who is from the JD(U), said.
Tejashwi, the younger son of RJD supremo Lalu Prasad, had made a desperate plea to Kumar following the office order, asking him to retain the 5, Deshratna Marg bungalow.
On Tejashwi’s letter, Kumar had on Monday said, “One should not develop any personal attachment towards a government facility. Today I am on the seat, but it is not permanent.”
The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) criticised the government order reallocating the bungalows.
“When Sushil Modi had ceased to be the deputy chief minister in 2013 and become the leader of opposition in the Legislative Council, he was allowed to retain his 1, Polo Road bungalow,” RJD spokesman Mritunjay Tiwari told PTI.
“Why can’t Tejashwi Yadav be treated similarly?” he wondered and claimed that the government had taken a “vindictive approach” towards the leader of opposition as he was “creating trouble” for both the chief minister and the deputy chief minister.