Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who was disqualified as a Lok Sabha MP last Friday, has on Monday served with a notice that asked him to vacate his official bungalow that was allotted to him when he was an MP. As he has now been disqualified, he has been conferred with a stipulated time of thirty days to vacate the bungalow.
The notice has come as another shocker for the Congress party even it is preparing to legally and politically fight his disqualification, that has come after a Surat court in Gujarat found Rahul Gandhi guilty last week in a criminal defamation case and awarded him a two-year incarceration. The case was related to Gandhi's 'Modi surname' remark. Although the court suspended the prison sentence to let the Congress leader move an appeal, the conviction wasn't overturned, which led him to lose his MP post, as per the Representation of the People Act, 1951.
Rahul Gandhi was allotted an official bungalow- 12, Tughlaq Lane after getting elected as an MP from Wayanad, Kerala, in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. As he has now been disqualified, he has been asked to vacate the official bungalow by April 22. According to reports, the Lok Sabha Housing Committee has served a notice to Rahul Gandhi asking him to vacate the bungalow.
A senior official of the housing committee said a disqualified Lok Sabha MP has to vacate the official bungalow within one month of losing his membership. However, Rahul Gandhi can write to the Housing Committee seeking an extended stay and the committee will consider his request. Slamming the Modi regime for the notice, Congress MP Pramod Tiwari said, "This shows BJP's hatred towards Rahul Gandhi."
Tiwari further said, "For a period of 30 days after the notice is served, one can rightfully continue to stay in the same house. After the 30-day time period, one can continue to stay in the same house by paying rent. Rahul Gandhi comes under 'Z' plus security category." It has also been reported that since Rahul Gandhi has been conferred with 'Z' plus security, he is entitled to get accommodation provided by the government.
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