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Mayawati Vacates Second Govt Bungalow in UP That was Kanshi Ram's Memorial

Mayawati said that she is vacating a portion of the bungalow that was Kanshi Ram’s memorial and also served as her residence. She, however, urged that the memorial should continue to remain so.

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Updated:June 2, 2018, 11:06 PM IST
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Mayawati Vacates Second Govt Bungalow in UP That was Kanshi Ram's Memorial
BSP president and former UP chief minister Mayawati vacates her official residence on on Saturday. (PTI Photo/Nand Kumar)
Lucknow: Former Uttar Pradesh CM Mayawati, in a surprising move on Saturday, announced that she is vacating a 'portion' of the government bungalow in Lucknow that she had earlier said is a memorial of BSP founder Kanshi Ram.

Claiming compliance with a Supreme Court order, Mayawati had earlier vacated the second government house she had, but was holding on to a second sprawling bungalow.

Mayawati on Saturday handed over the charge of her government bungalow to an officer of the 'Rajya Sampati Vibhag'.

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The interiors of Former UP CM Mayawati's govt bungalow turned Kanshi Ram Memorial

She said that she is vacating a portion of the bungalow that served as her residence apart from being Kanshi Ram’s memorial. Mayawati, however, urged that the memorial should continue to remain so.

Her announcement comes just ahead of the deadline set by the Uttar Pradesh estates department, following a Supreme Court order that former UP chief ministers are not entitled to official accommodation.

The BSP chief’s personal secretary, Mewa Lal Gautam, had on Wednesday said that she has vacated the bungalow on 6, Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg, which was allotted to her as former chief minister.

The Supreme Court had on May 7 said former chief ministers of Uttar Pradesh cannot retain government accommodation after demitting office.

A day left to the expiry of the deadline to vacate their official bungalows, former chief ministers Akhilesh Yadav and his father Mulayam Singh have moved to the VVIP guest house in Lucknow while Mayawati will be moving to her private bungalow.

"Mulayam Singh Yadav shifted to the VVIP guest house on Friday, while Akhilesh Yadav along with his MP wife Dimple and children shifted to the VVIP guest house on Saturday. One room each has been allotted to Akhilesh, Dimple and Mulayam," Chief Management Officer of VVIP Guest House Rajiv Kumar told PTI.

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