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Implement SC ruling on ex-CM's bungalows in Jharkhand: Congress

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  3 Aug 2016 12:00 AM GMT

Ranchi, Aug 2: The Supreme Court ruling disentitling former chief ministers of Uttar Pradesh from retaining government bungalows should also be implemented in Jharkhand, the Congress said on Monday. “The Supreme Court verdict should be implemented in the state. The expenditure incurred on facilities extended to former chief ministers ultimately burdens the public,” Kishore Sahdeo, spokesman of the Jharkhand unit of the Congress, told IANS. Jharkhand has five former chief ministers belonging to various parties retaining their state government-provided bungalows: Babulal Marandi (JVM-P), Arjun Munda (BJP), Madhu Koda (independent), Shibu Soren and Hemant Soren (both JMM). They not only live in sprawling bungalows, but have also been provided with security staff, persol assistants and other facilities. Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) Chief Shibu Soren occupies the largest bungalow — near Morbadi ground of Ranchi city. A state guest house situated near Morabadi ground was turned into official residence of Babulal Marandi of Jharkhand Vikas Morcha-Prajatantrik (JVM-P). Another guest house situated near old jail of Ranchi was converted into a house for BJP’s Arjun Munda. The decision to provide former chief ministers with bungalows was first taken in 2003 by the Bharatiya Jata Party (BJP) government led by Arjun Munda. It was to provide an official accommodation to Babulal Marandi who had quit as chief minister after MLAs belonging to coalition partners revolted against him. The bungalow facility was withdrawn briefly in 2010 when President’s Rule was imposed in Jharkhand before being restored the same year by Arjun Munda when he became the chief minister again. (IANS)

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