BSP Declares Mayawati’s Residence As Kanshiram Memorial

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New Delhi:The BahujanSamajParty claimed that Mayawati’s residence was a memorial to party founder Kanshi Ram.On the other hand, SP chiefAkhileshYadav has sought permission to stay for two more years citing security reasons.Days after notices were served to six former UP chief ministers to vacate their government bungalows in Lucknow in consonance with a Supreme Court order.

In support of the BSP’s claim, a board describing the sprawling bungalow of Mayawati as Sri KanshiramJiYadgarVishramSthal was put up on the boundary wall of the premises at 13A Mall Avenue on Monday.Till Sunday, the bungalow was the four-time UP chief minister’s official residence.

The development came after the estate department issued notices on May 17, asking the ex-CMs to vacate the bungalows within 15 days.As Mayawati was in Delhi, her staff received the order in Lucknow. A senior BSP leader said she occupied a few rooms in the memorial and she will vacate them and shift to the nearby bungalow number 9 that she had purchased in 2010.

Since the bungalow had been converted into a memorial of Kanshi Ram, it would remain in the possession of the party, they said.Estate officer YogeshShukla, however, said the bungalow was not the BSP’s property but belonged to the state government.

He said once Mayawati vacated the premises, the estate department would decide on its use. The rooms vacated by the BSP chief would be used as government offices, he said.To this, a BSP leader said the bungalow was converted into a memorial in 2009 when the BSP was in power (2007-12) as Kanshi Ram used to stay in the bungalow.

“The bungalow has a museum and a library. The memorial cannot be converted into a government office or be used for another purpose. The BSP will oppose it if the state government decides to transform the Dalit icon’s museum (into anything else),” he said.

Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party chief AkhileshYadav has written to the estate officer and sought permission to stay in bungalow number 4 on the posh VikramadityaMarg for another two years, saying he does not have any alternative suitable residential premises to accommodate the security he enjoys as a former chief minister.

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