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Pic of Paswan bust at bungalow triggers squatter speculation

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Pic of Paswan bust at bungalow triggers squatter speculation
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Pic of Paswan bust at bungalow triggers squatter speculation
Pic of Paswan bust at bungalow triggers squatter speculation

NEW DELHI: A photo of the bust of late Ram Vilas Paswan installed on the premises of the bungalow at 12 Janpath in the Capital, which the Lok Janshakti Party founder occupied till he passed away, surfaced on social media on Monday, fuelling speculations on whether his family members will try to use it to keep the accommodation with them.
The housing and urban affairs ministry has already passed eviction orders and asked Paswan’s wife and son to vacate the bungalow. It has allotted the bungalow to the new railway minister, Ashwini Vaishnaw.
Sources said one of the offices in the bungalow’s premises mentions ‘Ram Vilas Paswan Smriti’ at the entrance, indicating that his family had set up a memorial of LJP leader who lived in this bungalow for nearly three decades. Paswan’s son Chirag did not respond to calls or messages from TOI.
Sources in the housing and urban affairs ministry said no change has been made in the allotment after the bungalow was last allotted to Vaishnaw. The rail minister can shift to the bungalow, once Chirag, his mother and other family members vacate the house.
Officials said any addition or alternation in any government accommodation is not allowed after an allotment has been cancelled.
Paswan died on October 8 due to prolonged illness and there were reports that Chirag was keen to keep the bungalow till his father’s first death anniversary.
Chirag, who was allotted an accommodation on 23 North Avenue, can get a bigger house after becoming a second-time MP. He, however, is not entitled to get a type-8 bungalow, which the biggest. Also, the 12 Janpath bungalow falls under the ‘general pool’ category, which can be allotted by the housing minister. Being an MP, Chirag can get a house that is under the Lok Sabha pool.
The LJP got vertically split recently with its remaining five MPs accepting Chirag’s uncle Pashupati Paras as their leader. Despite being left alone, Chirag has been undertaking ‘Ashirwaad Yatra’ and has so far covered 26 districts in Bihar.
Sources said as per the decision taken by the Union cabinet in 2014, there is no chance of any bungalow getting converted into a memorial.

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