Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday termed the damage to the bungalow vacated by him in the state capital “conspiracy” by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
“The BJP is rattled after repeated defeats in a series of by-elections... it is the BJP’s conspiracy,” the SP leader told reporters in Lucknow.
Yadav’s remarks came a day after UP Governor Ram Naik asked the state government to take action over the reported damage to the bungalow vacated by the former chief minister, calling it a “serious matter” involving the taxpayer’s money.
The governor, in a letter to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, said reports about the damage at 4, Vikramaditya Marg, were of “serious matter”.
”The residences allocated to the former chief ministers belong to the Estates department and their maintenance is done through the taxpayers’ money,” he wrote.
”The state government needs to take proper action as per rules on the damage caused to the state’s property,” Ram Naik said.
The bungalow was vacated by the Samajwadi Party leader in compliance with a Supreme Court order that former chief ministers were not entitled to any government accommodation in Lucknow.
Video clips and photos circulating in the media shows damage to a cycle track, on walls after air-conditioners have been removed and to the floor of what appeared to be a badminton court at the vacated bungalow.
Yadav had then said it was BJP’s attempt to defame him.
The governor also called the Estates department officials and was told that videography had been done at the houses vacated by the former chief ministers.
After the video clips surfaced, estates department official Yogesh Kumar Shukla had said officials will check the inventory of fittings provided at the bungalow.
The department will serve a notice if there was any damage done “intentionally” or if there was anything missing, he had said.