Bihar: For the second time, the Bihar Building Construction Department (BCD) has served notices on Former Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav and other ex-ministers to vacate their official bungalows as soon as possible or pay rent 15 times the standard market rate of the premises.
“Except former minister Abdul Bari Siddiqui, all other ex-ministers who were provided accommodation by the BCD, have not vacated their bungalows,” said BCD minister Maheshwar Hazari.
As per norms, if the former ministers refuse to move out of the premises then they are liable to pay in lakhs as monthly rent.
Earlier BCD has served notices on the ministers a month after Nitish Kumar parted ways with the Grand Alliance comprising the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Congress and took oath as chief minister on July 27 early this year to form an NDA government with support from the BJP and its allies.
The BCD asked the ministers belonging to the RJD and the Congress to vacate the houses.
According to sources, currently, many ministers of the new dispensation, mostly belonging to the BJP, are compelled to reside and discharge their duties either out of their own flats or small houses provided from the state legislature quota.
Tejashwi and his elder brother and former health minister Tej Pratap Yadav are occupying spacious bungalows adjacent to the chief minister’s official residence.
The state government has earlier rejected Tejashwi’s plea to allow him to retain the bungalow alloted to him when he was the deputy chief minister.