Priyanka Gandhi gets time to vacate government bungalow

File photo of Priyanka Gandhi

New Delhi: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has been asked to vacate the government accommodation, allotted to her in 1997, as the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry cancelled the allotment.

The Directorate of Estates under the Ministry wrote to the Congress general secretary informing her that the allotment of the Type 6B house at 35, Lodhi Estate had been cancelled as her Special Protection Group (SPG) cover that entitled her to such an accommodation had been withdrawn.

She has been asked to vacate her bungalow in Lutyens’ Delhi within a month, saying she is not entitled to the facility following withdrawal of her SPG protection.

According to an order issued by the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry, Priyanka Gandhi was asked to vacate her official bungalow by 1 August failing which ‘it will attract damage charges/penal rent as per rules’.

The Congress has criticized the Centre’s move to evict Priyanka, claiming that this was being done to intimidate her and the party.

While the SPG protection had been revoked in November last year, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs informed it on Tuesday.

The Directorate of Estates wrote: “Consequent upon withdrawal of SPG protection and grant of Z+ security cover by Ministry of Home Affairs, which does not have provision for allotment/retention of Government accommodation on security grounds to you, the allotment of Type 6B house No. 35, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi is hereby cancelled w.e.f. 01/07/2020. One month concessional period on the same rent i.e. upto 01.08.2020 is allowed as per rules.”


NT Bureau