Kejriwal's house-warming after Bengaluru therapy

Kejriwal's house-warming after Bengaluru therapy

Soon after the end of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s yoga and naturopathy sessions in Bengaluru around March 16, he may move into his new official residence in north Delhi’s Civil Lines, sources said on Tuesday.

Kejriwal currently lives with his wife and two children in Ghaziabad’s Kaushambi in a flat allotted to his wife by the central government.

The preparations at bungalow number 6 on Flagstaff Road, Civil Lines, are nearing completion.

Asked about Kejriwal’s plan to move into the bungalow, an AAP functionary said: “Hopefully, mid-March.”

The bungalow has four bedrooms, one guest room, two rooms for office and a lawn to accommodate around 300 people.

Sources in the Chief Minister’s Office said Kejriwal’s naturopathy treatment for diabetes in Bangalore is likely to end by March 16 and he may return on March 17.

“He may move into the new house soon after,” said an aide of Kejriwal.

Along with Kejriwal, all his cabinet ministers have also been allotted official homes.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has been allotted a four-bedroom duplex flat number on AB-17, Mathura Road that was earlier occupied by former chief minister Sheila Dikshit.

Power Minister Satyendra Jain and Transport Minister Gopal Rai have got bungalows near Raj Niwas. Jain has got bungalow number 2 and Rai will be his neighbour in bungalow number 3.

Food and Supplies Minister Asim Ahmed Khan has got an official bungalow at 206, Rause Avenue, DDU Marg. The house behind Bal Bhawan was earlier occupied by former power minister Haroon Yusuf till 2014.

The bungalows allotted to Jain and Rai were lying vacant since 2011 as no minister in the Congress government had agreed to use them.

During Kejriwal’s earlier stint as the chief minister in 2014, he and his cabinet ministers had announced their resolve to not take big official residences.

Kejriwal was even criticised later for accepting a government flat on Tilak Marg which had a lawn.

During the Assembly polls, Kejriwal and his team steered clear of making any promise of not using the official bungalows or vehicles.

At his oath-taking function at Ramlila Maidan last month, Kejriwal made it clear that he would move into a house big enough to run an office from there and attend to people who come to meet him.

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