After the top court’s directive that former Chief Ministers need to vacate government bungalows that they may have held in violation of rules, the BSP chief Mayawati is said to have sent in the keys of her bungalow via the post.
The keys were sent in to the authorities via speed post in response to a notice served on her to surrender the house allotted to her as a former chief minister.
Mayawati said she was forced to send the keys along with a letter through the post as estates officer Yogesh Kumar Shukla refused to receive them.
Shukla insisted Mayawati had been allotted a bungalow on Mall Avenue, which she has to vacate as per a Supreme Court directive asking former chief ministers to vacate government houses.
Mayawati maintained the Lal Bahadur Shashtri Marg house that was actually allotted to her.
She said the one on Mall Avenue was allotted for BSP founder Kanshiram’s memorial.
She attached a 2011 estates department order to support her claim.
At the time, Mayawati was the chief minister.
She now claimed in the letter that she had not been staying at the Lal Bahadur Shashtri Marg bungalow.
She said she has been living in a portion of the Mall Avenue house to ensure its security and upkeep.
Shukla called Mayawati’s claims false and reiterated that the notice served on her to vacate 13-A Mall Avenue is still valid.>