Action will be taken against Akhilesh Yadav for damaging official bungalow: UP govt

Vastavam web: The Uttar Pradesh government today warned that action will be taken against Akhilesh Yadav as he had done “some damage” while vacating the bungalow allotted to him in Lucknow as chief minister.Government spokesperson and senior Cabinet Minister Siddharth Nath Singh referred to the manner in which Yadav indulged in “todphod” (damage) before vacating the 4, Vikramaditya Marg bungalow in June in compliance with a Supreme Court order.

“One thing is clear, that he undertook some construction for which he did not take permission from the estates department. A law is there for this (unauthorised construction) and the law will take its course,” Singh told.Yadav had then said it was an attempt by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party to defame him.

Singh’s remarks today came against the backdrop of an investigation report submitted to the state estates officer about the damage to the bungalow.In June, Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik instructed Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to order a probe against the Samajwadi Party chief for leaving the government property damaged.When Yadav became UP chief minister in 2012, he was allotted the bungalow, which he retained after his party lost the assembly election last year.The spokesperson said Yadav should respond to the matter as he had levelled allegations against the state government and had started “playing politics” on the issue.

Following the visuals of the damage inside the bungalow, a high level inquiry was ordered. The Public Works Department chief engineer has submitted a 266-page inquiry report to the state estates officer.The details of the report were not immediately available. The estates officer could not be contacted immediately for comments.The report, according to sources, is said to have estimated the damage to the government bungalow running into lakhs of rupees.Reacting to the development, SP leader and MLC Rajpal Kashyap said: “The government has stooped to a new low. They are coming out with reports just to malign the image of the former CM. The BJP government is rattled by the coming SP-BSP and the loss in Lok Sabha bypolls. Hence, they are desperate to hamper Yadav’s image.”