A report submitted to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s office, regarding the damage made to the government bungalow vacated by Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav, has claimed a loss of Rs 10 lakh.
It is expected that Akhilesh Yadav may receive a notice regarding the losses and asked to pay up.
According to media reports, the report was filed by the estate department following Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik’s instruction to CM Adityanath to take action against the SP chief for reportedly leaving the government bungalow in a damaged state.
Complying with a Supreme Court order, which said former chief ministers were not entitled to any government accommodation, Yadav had on June 8 handed over the keys to the official bungalow on Vikramaditya Marg in Lucknow to the UP estates department.
The bungalow was found in a shambles with broken tiles, missing water taps, bathroom fittings and a damaged swimming pool.
Former UP CM Akhilesh Yadav had then slammed the BJP over reports of damage to the bungalow, terming it a “conspiracy” by the saffron party.
“The BJP is rattled after repeated defeats in a series of by-elections. It is the BJP’s conspiracy,” the SP leader had said earlier.
Following the reports of damage, UP Governor Ram Naik had asked the state government to take action, calling it a serious matter involving the taxpayer’s money.
Video clips and photos had shown damage to a cycle track, on walls after air-conditioners seemed to have been removed and to the floor of what appeared to be a badminton court at the vacated bungalow.
The Samajwadi Party had termed the video clips as an attempt to tarnish Yadav’s image, saying his popularity was continuously growing after the defeat of the BJP in recent bypolls.