Currently, the chief ministers who have possession of official bungalows are Samajwadi Party's Akhilesh Yadav and Mulayam Singh Yadav, Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati, Bharatiya Janata Party's Rajnath Singh and Kalyan Singh, and ND Tiwari of the Congress party.
All the former Chief Ministers of Uttar Pradesh will have to vacant their palatial government bungalows within two months as the Yogi Adityanath government has made a decision to issue notices to comply with the Supreme Court order quashing law passed by erstwhile Akhilesh Yadav government overruling earlier order of the apex court.
Even after enacting a new law to save bungalows of his father and other ex-Chief Ministers, Akhilesh cleverly got the 4 Vikramaditya Marg bungalow allotted to Janeshwar Mishra Trust when he was the Chief Minister to escape any new order from the Supreme Court.
While striking down the UP State Government law, the apex court said, section 4 (3) of UP Ministers (salaries, allowances & miscellaneous provisions) Act, 2016 is unconstitutional. The NGO argued that as per SC's ruling, allotment of government bungalows to former CMs was bad in law.
Estate Officer Yogesh Kumar Shukla said that the department will comply with the Supreme Court order.
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The Court's verdict would have a wider ramification and rules and laws framed by other states for granting such facilities to former CMs would now become untenable. "Once a public servant demits office there should be nothing to distinguish them from a common man".
Writing the judgment, Justice Gogoi said natural resources, public land and public goods like government bungalows/official residences are public property that belongs to the people of the country.
The apex court said that ex-CMs can not be granted governmental accommodation since they are no longer holding office.
It added, "We have extensively relied on the preamble of the Constitution which embodies the principle of equality and recognizes only a single class of citizens". In his plea, Subramaniam said, "While the present matter relates to an attempt by the State of Uttar Pradesh to overcome the judgment in Lok Prahari v. We, therefore, hold that the aforesaid Section 4 (3) of the Actis ultra vires the Constitution of India as it transgresses the equality clause under Article 14", it said.
The Logical Indian wholeheartedly supports the apex court's judgement. While rendering minimal post-retirement benefits like pension is understandable, however, alloting government bungalow permanently is not required.