Ex-BJP ministers in Guj allotted posh bungalows in violation of norms in 2021, paying nominal rent: Congress

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At least 15 former ministers in Gujarat, who were part of the erstwhile Vijay Rupani cabinet, are living in posh government bungalows in Gandhinagar by paying a nominal rent since last October under a special provision that allowed their stay till the end of the last academic session, but shockingly, none of them had children going to schools or colleges, the opposition Congress alleged on Sunday.

The ruling BJP rubbished the Congress claim saying these bungalows were allotted as per the state governments norms.

The Congress said these former ministers are just MLAs now and in normal circumstances, they should have been allotted MLA quarters and not posh bungalows at a discounted rate.

“These (former) ministers were allotted bungalows at the economy rate of Rs 4,200 per month whereas the prevailing market rent is Rs 42,000. They were allotted these bungalows last October for the duration of the academic session is over. A special provision was invoked to allow their children to continue their studies,” Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi alleged in a press conference.

Shockingly, none of these former ministers has children studying in schools or colleges, he claimed.

“Even if we assume that their children are going to schools/colleges but the last academic session is over now. Despite this, they continue to occupy these bungalows,” Doshi alleged.

Rubbishing Doshis claims, former education minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, who was also allotted one of these “A” class bungalows through an order dated October 1, 2021, said the allotment was done as per the existing rules and regulations. “I am not the only one who was allotted a bungalow. Many other former ministers were also allotted bungalows. The rent is fixed as per the rules and regulations covering ex-ministers. This is a rubbish claim which doesnt deserve a reply,” Chudasama told


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