BSP supremo Mayawati
BSP supremo Mayawati

Up to govt to look after 'Kanshi Ram Memorial', says Mayawati

ANI | Updated: Jun 02, 2018 23:55 IST

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], June 02 (ANI): Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati on Saturday vacated her second government accommodation in Lucknow in compliance with a Supreme Court order and placed the ball in government's court to look after the bungalow, which she had turned into Kanshi Ram Memorial.
"It is now the responsibility of the state government to look after and maintain security at the 13-A Mall Avenue residence, which is the memorial of Kanshi Ram," said the former Chief Minister of the state, who had been living there as its "caretaker".
Earlier, Mayawati had vacated another government house following Supreme Court's order in this regard.
The bungalows, including the one located at 6, Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg, were allotted to her in the capacity of a former chief minister.
The BSP supremo has now shifted to her private bungalow, which is also in Mall Avenue.
Mayawati, in her capacity as chief minister in 2011, turned the residence into Kanshi Ram Memorial and declared herself as the caretaker of the place.
Following the Supreme Court's order, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath issued notices to six former state chief ministers to vacate their official bungalows, including Mulayam Singh Yadav, Mayawati, and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
Notices were also issued to Narayan Dutt Tiwari, Mulayam Singh Yadav's son Akhilesh Yadav and Kalyan Singh.
In May 2016, the Supreme Court quashed the law passed by the then Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav-led state government, granting permanent residential accommodation to former chief ministers of the state.
The apex court, in its order, said former chief ministers of the state were not entitled to government bungalows. (ANI)