Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s bungalow at 35 Lodhi Estate has been allotted to BJP Rajya Sabha MP Anil Baluni by the Directorate of Estates, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
Sources said that Baluni had sought to exchange his 20, Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Road bungalow sometime back. “The Ministry had ordered Priyanka Gandhi to vacate her bungalow earlier this week, as she no longer has Special Protection Group security. After that, it was allotted to Baluni in exchange of his Gurudwara Rakab Ganj bungalow,” sources said. Both the bungalow is at type 6 B category.
According to sources, Priyanka has not vacated the bungalow so far. She has been given time till 1 August to vacate the bungalow. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has cancelled the allotment of Priyanka’s bungalow on Wedneday after her Special Protection Group (SPG) cover was withdrawn by the government in 2019.
"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 ground to you, the allotment of Type 6B house number 35, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi is hereby cancelled with effect from 01/07/2020," said the ministry's notice.
According to the current norms, there are no provisions for allotment or retention of government accommodation to those with Z+ security unless exceptions are made based on recommendations given by the home ministry.
The bungalow was allotted to her despite being a private citizen on the account of Priyanka Gandhi having been a Special Protection Group (SPG) protectee.
The SPG rules allow all the protectees to get Government accommodation.