Priyanka Vadra must leave her Lodhi Estate bungalow
Priyadarshi Dutta26 Apr 2014
Priyadarshi Dutta is an independent researcher based in .
’s death was tragic. Compassion for his family once made sense. But it cannot extend for an indefinite period to his daughter who is also married to a billionaire. This is no place for a family drama! The Government cannot resemble a never-ending soap opera on Star Plus or Sony.
Those who live in, it has been famously stated, should not throw stones at others. Gandhi Vadra, however, has preferred that risky exercise. She is playing the devil’s advocate against BJP’s allegations regarding her husband Robert Vadra’s fabulous assets. A regime change at the Centre will hopefully lead to an impartial investigation in the matter. This article is not about crony capitalism that Vadra is accused of. It is about ‘crony entitlement’ that Priyanka Gandhi is not being accused of.
Priyankais the occupant of a Government — 35, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi-110003. It is also the official address of Vadra in his . As per the of Directorate of Estates, Ministry of Urban Development, this type-6B accommodation was allotted to Priyanka Gandhi on February 21, 1997. The registration number is 99907375 and the allotment ID is 243820. But in what capacity has she been occupying the bungalow? Her neighbours are either or even Ministers of State (MoS). Their allotments are co-terminus with the dissolution of 15th or retirement from Rajya Sabha. But Priyanka’s allotment status is permanent with an .
She is neither an MP nor a MoS. She is not a bureaucrat/employee of the state. Curiously heris shown as ‘Leader’. But she is not known for any post in the Congress either. She loves Rae Bareli and Amethi so much that she only in those constituencies. But she does not love them so much as to be a there.
It is thus not clear in what capacity Priyanka was allotted to this bungalow. Her motherand brother , both MPs, have separate bungalows. Sonia’s bungalow at 10, Janpath was allotted to her in her capacity as President of Indian .
rediff.com story by Promila Kalhan (February 19, 1997) tells that couple had been allotted the 35, Lodhi Estate bungalow. The CPWD was still busy in readying it for handing over the . It also informs that the Vadra family resided at New Friends Colony, a plush locality in .are allotted a Lutyens bungalow during their lifetimes. Under exceptional circumstances that privilege might extend to their . But it cannot be extended to their married daughters also. It appears that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra moved into this bungalow in 1997 after her to Robert Vadra. A
Priyanka could have stayed with her in-laws in New Friendshouse as per Indian tradition. The Government could have only provided her the cover. A bride generally stays either with her in-laws or separately with her husband. Vadra is now a billionaire (by honest means, says Priyanka) and he can certainly afford that second option. Under exceptional circumstances, a husband can come to live in a bride’s . Such a husband is called ghar-jamai in India. But here you have ghar-jamai of the Indian state! The HD Devegowda Government allotted them the bungalow on the occasion of their . A billionaire Vadra is being subsidised by -payers’ to stay in a Government bungalow. It might be for a nominal rent, or just a petty .