New Delhi [India], February 10 (ANI): The rent of several properties occupied by Congress leaders, including the official residence of Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi, has not been paid.
In reply to an RTI filed by activist Sujit Patel, it has been revealed that the rent of several of these properties is pending. The RTI reply by the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Development states that there has been pending rent against Congress party headquarters on Akbar Road of Rs 12,69,902 and the last time that the rent was paid was in December 2012.
Similarly, for Sonia Gandhi’s residence on 10 Janpath Road, there is a pending rent of Rs 4,610, and the last rent received was in September 2020.
Bungalow No. C-ll/109 in Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, occupied by Vincent George, personal secretary to Sonia Gandhi, shows pending rent dues of Rs 5,07,911, to which the last time rent was paid was in August 2013.
As per the housing rules, which allow accommodation to national and state political parties, every party is given three years’ time to construct their own office, following which the government bungalow will have to be vacated.
The Congress was allotted land in June 2010 on 9-A Rouse Avenue to build a party office. The Congress party was required to vacate the Akbar Road office and a couple of more bungalows by 2013. However, the grand old party has taken multiple extensions so far.
In July 2020, the government had sent an eviction notice to Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to vacate her Lodhi Road accommodation within a month time.
Taking a dig at Sonia Gandhi, BJP’s Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga alleged that she could not pay rent because she couldn’t do scams.
“Sonia Gandhi ji not able to pay her rent after losing elections. It is obvious because she can’t do scams now, but political differences aside, I want to help her as a human being. I launched a campaign #SoniaGandhiReliefFund and sent Rs 10 to her account, I request everyone to help her,” he said in a tweet.
Bagga also shared a screenshot of money transferred by him to the account of the Congress interim chief. (ANI)