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Ranjan, Bhopal: Senior Congress leader Motilal Vora became the first former chief minister in the country to
vacate the government bungalow in Bhopal on Thursday following Supreme Court’s order that former CMs were not entitled to government accommodations for life. However, Vora’s act of vacating the bungalow was not because of the SC order but because of the state’s cabinet’s diktat.
The 87-year-old former CM, who occupied the residence 35 years ago, said he had requested the state government to grant him six months time when he came to know through media that the state cabinet had taken a decision to get his bungalow vacated. The six-month period was going to end on September 30 but he got a notice from the state government’s estate office on Wednesday to vacate the premises in 74-Bungalow area.
“I don’t want to make any comments on why the cabinet took the decision or say anything about the other ex-CMs who are occupying bungalows in Bhopal. I have no ill will against anyone. I have an emotional attachment with the people of Bhopal, which is more important for me,” said Vora.
State government spokesperson Narottam Mishra said the state cabinet had taken a decision that none of the ex-CMs could retain two bungalows.
However, Vora — who is a Rajya Sabha member from Chhattisgarh — said he did not have any other official bungalow in Chhattisgarh and he would not apply for it either.
The letter issued to Vora did not have any mention of the state cabinet’s decision and instead stated that the bungalow was getting vacated on Vora’s request.
Accompanied by his sons, Arvind and Arun, and other family members, Vora reached the state capital on Wednesday, handed over the possessions of the bungalow in writing to the PWD and vacated his old bungalow on Thursday morning.