Railway minister Vaishnaw gets Janpath bungalow which housed late Ram Vilas Paswan

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Ashwini Vaishnav

NEW DELHI: The government has allotted the 12, Janpath bungalow in Lutyens’ Delhi to Union railway, law and IT minister, Ashwini Vashnaw and the 7, Tughlaq Road bungalow to Union food processing minister Pashupati Kumar Paras.
Sources said these allotments were made last week. The bungalow at 12, Janpath was the address of late Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan for nearly three decades and this was also the office address of LJP in the national capital, which he had founded. Last month, the Directorate of Estate under the housing and urban affairs ministry had issued an eviction order for 12, Janpath.
Though the government had earlier offered this bungalow to Paras, Paswan’s younger brother, he had declined to take it citing this would send a wrong political message. Currently, Paswan’s wife and his son Chirag are occupying the bungalow.
Officials said while many allotments of bungalows have been lined up since the last expansion of the council of ministers, these are subject to vacation by the current occupants. The government is avoiding slapping eviction notices on those who have been dropped from the council of ministers considering that they are from the treasury bench.
Meanwhile, some of the junior ministers are still waiting to get their offices in different bhawans even more than a month after they were inducted. The Central Public Works Department is carrying out construction of offices and toilets for accommodating them.


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