The Adityanath government on Thursday night issued notices to six former Uttar Pradesh chief ministers, including those from the Bharatiya Janata Party, to vacate their official bungalows in Lucknow following a Supreme Court order, PTI reported. The government has given the former chief ministers 15 days to do so.
Those who received the notices include Narayan Dutt Tiwari, Kalyan Singh, Mayawati, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav and Rajnath Singh.
On May 7, the Supreme Court struck down Section 4(3) of the UP Ministers (Salaries, Allowances and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2016, that allowed former chief ministers to stay in government bungalows. The top court had said that such a legislation was “arbitrary, discriminatory and unsupported by the Indian Constitution”.
“Such laws create a separate class. Once public servants demit office there should be nothing to distinguish them from a common man,” it had added.