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Delhi police to be roped in to evict ex-parliamentarians

None of the 27 former MPs are from Congress, says committee member

The Delhi police will be roped in to evict former parliamentarians who have been squatting in Lutyens’ bungalows allotted to them in their previous stint. The Lok Sabha House Committee headed by BJP MP C.R. Patil has decided to approach them to ensure that no squatters are allowed to stay on beyond October 31.

When the committee had last met in August, there were 149 squatters. The Urban Development Ministry informed the committee at a meeting on Tuesday that the number had gone down to 27. Several committee members asked the Ministry to provide a list of the squatters. “We know for sure that none of the 27 ex-MPs are from the Congress. The government should make it public,” said a member of the committee.

Mr. Patil had earlier issued orders that the water, power and gas connections of the squatters should be disconnected. According to the rules, former MPs must vacate their bungalows within one month of the dissolution of the previous Lok Sabha. Beyond it, they have to pay the market rent for the accommodation.

Transit accommodation

With the former MPs not vacating their bungalows, the newly-elected MPs have been staying in transit accommodation such as their respective State guest houses or the Western Court, sources said. The panel has been unable to allot houses to the MPs despite their repeated requests, they added.

The panel also discussed the poor connectivity of the MTNL/BSNL phones. Last week, the Rajya Sabha House Committee too had discussed the issue and proposed that the parliamentarians must be allowed to switch to private operators.

The MTNL officials, according to sources, pleaded that the cash-strapped government-owned telecom firm was doing everything in its capacity to augment the strength of the network.

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