Lucknow, June 9: Days after Samajwadi Party president and Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav handed over the keys of the official bungalow to the authorities, he has been accused of destroying the government property in shambles after vacating it. The bad state of the bungalow came to light when officials and media visited the building earlier this week to see its condition.
Earlier this week, Akhilesh had handed the keys of 4-Vikramaditya Marg after vacating the bungalow on June 2. Reports inform that the officials were shocked to see the see the posh bungalow in complete disarray. The Uttar Pradesh had allotted to Yadav on Vikramaditya Marg in the heart of Lucknow.
According to a report by PTI, pictures and video clips showed damage to a cycle track, on walls after air-conditioners seemed to have been removed and to the floor of what seemed to be a badminton court at the bungalow. Soon after pictures of the damaged house went viral on social media, the Samajwadi Party asking why the state of the homes recently vacated by other former Uttar Pradesh chief ministers in compliance with a Supreme Court order was not being shown.
SP spokesperson Sunil Singh Sajan said this is an attempt by the government of Yogi Adityanath to misguide the people of the state and tarnish the image of Akhilesh Yadav.
Furious over the allegations, Akhilesh on Saturday admitted the damage done to the bungalow and said he will return all items missing and damaged if the state government provides a list to him. Reports inform that ACs, imported bathroom fittings were missing from the house. To recall, in 2016, the bungalow was renovated at the cost of over Rs 45 crore.
Akhilesh had vacated the bungalow following the Supreme Court on May 7 that observed that former Uttar Pradesh chief ministers cannot retain government accommodation after demitting office. The state government had issued notices to six former chief ministers - Narayan Dutt Tiwari, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Kalyan Singh, Mayawati, Rajnath Singh and Akhilesh Yadav - to vacate their official bungalows in compliance with the order.