Rajasthan HC to hear case challenging free housing
The Rajasthan High Court will hear a case on 12 July that challenges provisions of a law that entitles former chief ministers to free housing and other perks. The development comes as former Uttar Pradesh chief ministers have begun vacating their bungalows in Lucknow following a Supreme Court order in April.
The Bill for this was passed in the Assembly in April in 2017 by voice vote, with only rebel BJP leader Ghanshyam Tiwari dissenting. It added a new section to the Rajasthan Ministers’ Salaries Act, 1956.
Former chief minister and Congress MLA from Jodhpur Ashok Gehlot indicated his willingness to give up the bungalow, as soon the Supreme Court pronounced its verdict on the Uttar Pradesh law. Following the Supreme Court order, the Uttar Pradesh government had served notices to six politicians who were allotted official bungalows in Lucknow as former chief ministers. While Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mayawati and ailing Congress veteran Narayan Dutt Tiwari have expressed reluctance to move out, the others appear set to meet the weekend deadline.