Gone is the time when the nation had leaders like Lal Bahadur Shastri. One who lives in present India and hadn’t read history may find it hard to digest the fact that took a loan of Rs 5,000 from the Punjab National Bank to buy a Fiat car for his family. One may also find it difficult to believe that a Prime Minister died pennilessly.
Now, the news is that the Patna High court issued notices to the current and former Chief Minister for being allowed official bungalows for a lifetime. The court is expected to hear the case on February 11.
The court said that public servants become common citizens after they leave office. Well, to be brutally honest, that is not the case either in Shastri or in any other current leader. Shastri was a common citizen even when he held the office, and the current politicians are not common citizens even when they are in Jail (I’m not pointing towards Lalu Prasad Yadav).
According to a report by news agency PTI, A division bench of Chief Justice AP Sahi and Justice Anjana Mishra gave the state government and the former chief ministers four weeks to file their responses. The court asked these chief ministers why the court should not reject or void the Amendment Act framed by the state government in 2010, which allows for bungalows to be allotted for life.
All former chief ministers including Satish Kumar Singh, Jagannath Mishra, Rabri Devi, Lalu Prasad Yadav and Jitan Ram Manjhi are/ were in possession of lifetime allowed official bungalows.
Opposition leader Tejashwi Prasad Yadav filed an appeal in the court to retain his official bungalow even after he is no more in power as the Rashtriya Janta Dal pulled out of its alliance with Kumar’s Janata Dal (United). The court backfired and asked even Chief minister to evacuate the bungalows.