LUCKNOW: The controversy kicked up after the government bungalow vacated by former CM Akhilesh Yadav was found in disarray, seems to be far from over as an initial report of the Uttar Pradesh Estate department claimed that all the bungalows vacated by the former CMs were found in satisfactory condition except SP chief's 4, Vikramaditya Marg in which a number of things were found damaged and missing.
The estate department conducted an inspection of all other bungalows vacated by former CMs including, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Rajnath Singh, Kalyan Singh and Mayawati in compliance of May 8 order of the Supreme Court. An inspection report was also prepared and it would be submitted to higher officials in a day or two.
"Taking a cue from the condition of 4, Vikramaditya Marg, we conducted an inspection to check other bungalows as well. But, prima facie, nothing was found missing in the residences vacated by four other former CMs," said a senior official of estate department. He added that at 4, Vikramaditya Marg, a lot of damage was done to the property and a number of items installed by the estate department were missing.
According to highly-placed sources in the estate department, the missing items would be cross-checked with department's checklist and recovery notices would be sent to the owner concerned on finding any item missing or damaged.
"We will send the notice only after seeking legal opinion," said an official of estate department. The inspection of all the bungalows was conducted by the estate officials on the directives of CM Yogi Adityanath.
The development came two days after media was allowed inside the bungalow vacated by Akhilesh Yadav and it was found to be in shambles, triggering a political slugfest between the SP and the ruling BJP. On the other, the SP chief also launched a scathing attack not only on the BJP government accusing it of defaming him but the officials of estate department were also on the receiving end. He accused the officials of targeting him after the change of dispensation. "Jo adhikaari mere samay me cup, plate uthate thhe wo aaj mere khilaaf ye sab karwa rahe hain (Those officials, who used to pick my cups and plates during my regime, are not doing this to me)," Akhilesh Yadav said demanding his things still left in the vacated bungalow.
On the contrary, the state government is contemplating endorsing BSP chief Mayawati's claim that part of 13-A Mall Avenue residence she vacated following an SC order was a memorial in the name of party founder Kanshi Ram. Confirming this, the estate officer said that the portion of 13 A Mall Avenue which BSP chief vacated as her residence and the one which was claimed to be the Kanshi Ram Memorial Guest House would have separate identities.