There’s a new name being whispered in Delhi’s corridors of power, that of the ‘Eviction Man’, a pseudonym for Union urban development minister Venkaiah Naidu who has successfully got 461 former ministers and MPs to vacate their Lutyens bungalows after the NDA government took over last year. All those evicted were overstaying.
Of these, 37 were forced evictions including the sons of former PM Chandra Shekhar and Rashtriya Lok Dal chief Ajit Singh. Recently, Naidu also made it clear that officials who turn a blind eye to unauthorised occupations will be penalised.
Initially, 429 former ministers and MPs were sent show cause notices, but only 44 moved out. Stepping up pressure, 380 eviction orders were handed out and the official residences vacated.
Among the heavyweights to be shown the door are RJD chief Lalu Yadav, JD(U) leader KC Tyagi and many UPA ministers. Congress leaders and ex-ministers Kumari Selja and Ambika Soni have moved court and privilege motions against the order to vacate their respective residences by June 10.