Rs. 80,000 Per Month Game Plan to Retain a Posh Lutyen’s Bungalow!

Post-elections, I have desisted from posting anything negative about Arvind Kejriwal. I think it is not right to beat a person who is already down.

However, I decided to come out of my self-imposed censorship due to something extremely fishy about this man’s ethics. And it relates to… his official bungalow of course. This was the same bungalow on Tilak Marg in the heart of Lutyen’s Delhi that:

  • he quietly requested from Home Ministry after becoming CM,
  • refused to occupy it after protests by AAP volunteers,
  • succumbed to his weakness for taxpayer funded perks to occupy it later,
  • refused to vacate after resigning as CM citing daughter’s exams as an excuse,
  • had no qualms accepting Rs. 80,000 per month from so-called “unusually large-hearted, extra-benevolent friends” (when the market rate for that house was 5 times that which amounted to subsidy from taxpayers), and
  • now is refusing to vacate long after his daughter came out with flying colors in 12th board exams!
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Minhaz Merchant’s tweet on Feb 4

It has recently come to our notice that AK’s actual game plan was to never vacate this house at all! Never ever! What has unfortunately thrown a spanner in the works is the full majority to Modi government on May 16. It has taken away any scope for playing mischief with Lutyen’s house allotment.

As early as on Feb 15, a day after Kejriwal resigned as CM, The Calcutta Telegraph reported the real motive in his own golden words to NDTV. Note that he has since stopped repeating this line possibly realizing the downsides of revealing the cards. The national media completely ignored this ulterior motive of Kejriwals, and kept playing up the daughter’s board exams excuse. Kejriwal used her board exams to garner sympathy and self-righteousness for himself from some inquisitive and critical AAP workers. The truth lies elsewhere: not in daughter’s academic performance, but in wife’s anticipated promotion.

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1140216/jsp/frontpage/story_17944440.jsp

The former chief minister’s wife, who was allotted a flat in Ghaziabad where the family lived, will be eligible for a similar flat when she is promoted. But the Indian Revenue Service (IRS), of which she is an officer, does not have flats in Lutyens Delhi where the current apartment is located.

In order to get an allotment in Lutyens Delhi, she would have to make a request. Such requests are not uncommon or illegal but they are little different from seeking favours.

“My wife is due for promotion. She will become commissioner and then she would be entitled to this flat. We will see if that happens,” Kejriwal told NDTV 24×7.

An urban development ministry official said: “An IRS officer is allotted a house from the central pool only if the person is posted with the central government.” Sunita is not on central deputation.

The Kejriwals’ current Tilak Lane accommodation is a Type VI flat from the general pool of the CPWD allotted to joint secretaries or above. Sunita, posted as OSD with the Income Tax Delhi circle as additional commissioner, is one rank below.

On May 28, just two days after taking oath, the Modi government issued a notice to Kejriwals to vacate the bungalow by June 26 (one month after Modi’s swearing in). On June 14, The Hindu reports the real motive quoting a “close source of the AAP leader”:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/kejriwal-to-vacate-official-residence/article6114822.ece

The source said that Mr. Kejriwal’s wife, Sunita, is due for a promotion in her job which would entitle her to accommodation of a type similar to the one on Tilak Road, but noted that it could take a couple of months due to the change of guard at the Centre.

The Economic Times spills the beans further: the elaborate game plan doesn’t just stop with Kejriwal alone. His close confidant Manish Sisodia who isn’t known to have any 12th grade kid has also refused to vacate!

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/lutyens-delhi-315-new-mps-lead-to-major-housing-exercise-as-ex-ministers-refuse-to-vacate-homes/articleshow/36681039.cms

AAP chief and former Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has got four notices, but has not responded with a firm date of vacating the plush C-II/23 Tilak Lane accommodation. Another AAP leader Manish Sisodia, who lives in a government accommodation at Patparganj across the Yamuna, has repeatedly ignored eviction notices.

Can a politician, that too someone with an air of moral superiority about himself, get any more hypocritical? Will the self-righteous AAP volunteers dare to question their Lord? Who will bell the cat?

Amidst all this hypocrisy, will AAP survive as an ethically upright party if they don’t let go of their power-hungry leader?

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One thought on “Rs. 80,000 Per Month Game Plan to Retain a Posh Lutyen’s Bungalow!

  1. Dear Vikram,

    You sure raised critical issue of AK not leaving the bungalow, and I agree that wasting Tax payer’s money is sure not a good sign of honesty, but let’s see the other side of the coin… I’ll try to give a different perspective to your blog.

    1. First I’d like to bring to your notice a few points that you may know but could have ignored…The sole source of income for AK, and his wife is from their govt salary in contrast to several other politicians who also run some business or earn a majority of livelihood from other sources of income and can either arrange or afford to pay huge amounts for such lush properties (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Kapil-Sibal-pays-Rs-16-lakh-rent-for-Jor-Bagh-house/articleshow/37157380.cms). Thus, staying in a govt home is certainly not an unethical step they may have taken. While I agree that the market price of the bungalow would be far higher, but lets not forget that they are not defaulters in paying the rent for bungalow. I’d have sure been disappointed if they were staying in such a plush property without even paying it’s due rent like several other politicians have been doing so far. Therefore even if they’re considering to move into another govt house based on his wife’s promotion or job I don’t think it’s an unethical stance? Isn’t it right of a govt employee to utilize govt resources (though should not waste them). It’s kind of a perk for govt employees and he suggested to be austere but being austere doesn’t mean giving up on necessities… A 3-4 BDR bungalow for a family of 5 is a little over-the-board but certainly not lavish!

    2. AK has at several occasions as also highlighted by you with various references, been vocal and open about his reasons to extend stay there. Personally, I wouldn’t mind if it was for his daughter’s exams (12th in March, and JEE in May) they wouldn’t have moved out until June. As a responsible parent isn’t it a duty?

    3. He has been answering the public and media about his efforts to find a relevant place to move, which I believe should be appreciated. Although he’s entitled to scrutiny by us, but I don’t think a consideration can’t be made into his extension based on him finding an appropriate place to stay for a family of 5. From a few sources I got aware that it isn’t so easy for him to get a house because people are either reluctant to rent him because of his public image that may draw attention to them too, or out of fear from men of opposite parties. So certainly that complicates the situations a little more.

    What would be concerning is if he’s slapped with notice for violating the terms or for overdues and he can’t justify them or fulfill them. One-sided references and drawing conspiracy theories sure make this Saga look murkier than what it may be, but let’s see if he himself has something better to clarify 🙂

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