Featured Image: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury in file photo.
Kolkata, 02 February: WEST Bengal state Congress president and Lok Sabha MP, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, has been evicted from his government bungalow at New Delhi.
This is despite the Delhi High Court today listing for hearing Chowdhury’s petition, wherein he has challenged the Union urban development ministry’s notice for vacating the bungalow.
A team of officials of the Union urban development ministry’s directorate of estate accompanied by police went to Chowdhury’s New Moti Bagh bungalow this morning and moved out all his belongings and furniture to the front yard.
The four-time Congress MP from Behramore in Murshidabad district and a former Union minister, Chowdhury was not home then and came rushing. But he failed to halt the eviction drive. The eviction team also disconnected the power and water supply to the bungalow, leaving the MP and his office staff in a tight spot.
The state Congress president was allotted the bungalow at New Moti Bagh area in New Delhi when he had become the Union minster of state for railways in October 2012.
After NDA came to power at the Centre replacing UPA in 2014, the urban development ministry, a few months ago, asked Chowdhury to vacate the bungalow, and allotted him a flat at C-1/4 Humayun Road as his status is now only that of a Lok Sabha MP.
Chowdhury maintains that the flat is not liveable and requires some major repairs. “I wrote to the chairman of the House Committee (Lok Sabha) Arjun Ram Meghwal and urged him for a joint inspection to identify the repairs that are needed. I urged him to allow me to stay on in at the present bungalow until the flat is repaired and made liveable,” he said. Meghwal is a BJP MP.
“But despite this, the urban development ministry has been sending people to evict me for the past few weeks. Challenging this, I filed a petition in Delhi High Court yesterday but it was turned down by the same judge in whose name the bungalow has now been allotted. Today, I moved a fresh petition and it has been listed for hearing.”
But notwithstanding this, officers of the directorate of estate carried out the eviction drive till early afternoon. They left only after the news of Delhi High Court admitting the Congress MP’s petition reached them. But by then, all the belongings, furniture, books etc had been moved out on the front yard and those are still lying under the open sky.
Accusing the NDA government of indulging in vindictive politics, Chowdhury has now temporality relocated to a private accommodation in New Delhi along with his little daughter.