The official bungalow of BSP supremo Mayawati in Lucknow, which she vacated in June after Supreme Court’s order, has been allotted to Samajwadi Secular Morcha president Shivpal Yadav on Friday, reports said. It comes at a time when speculations are rife that Shivpal may join hands with BJP for upcoming elections including 2019 Lok Sabha elections. However, Shivpal Yadav had denied reports which claimed that his party may stitch an alliance with the saffron party for upcoming elections. 

Two other former chief ministers of Uttar Pradesh – Mulayam Singh and his son Akhilesh Yadav – had also vacated their official bungalows after the Supreme Court’s ruling.  The Samajwadi party leaders were asked to vacate the bungalow within 15 days by the estate department of Uttar Pradesh.

Earlier, the BSP chief maintained that 13-A Mall Avenue was not her residence but a memorial dedicated to her party founder Kanshi Ram. 

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Earlier this year, the Supreme Court had ordered former Chief Ministers of Uttar Pradesh to vacate the government properties. The court passed the decision after hearing a plea filed by NGO Lokprahari.

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The Supreme Court had quashed the law passed by Uttar Pradesh government to grant permanent residential accommodation to former Chief Ministers of the state.

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