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Lucknow: The government order asking Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to vacate a Delhi bungalow is set to speed up her shifting base to Lucknow, where party veteran Sheila Kaul’s house was renovated months back for her, according to politicians here.

Work has started in the house today. It has been almost six months since the renovation was done and it is being spruced up further to suit her, party legislator Deepak Singh said here on Thursday.

Uttar Pradesh Congress spokesperson Lalan Kumar indicated that the decision was made even before she got the notice to vacate the government bungalow in Delhi.

Priyanka Gandhi is in-charge of the state and it was decided six months ago that she had to shift her base to Lucknow, the Congress media cell convenor said.

The Kaul house has been renovated as per her requirements and she had also stayed there for three days in the past, he added.

The Centre on Wednesday asked Priyanka Gandhi to vacate her bungalow in Lutyens’ Delhi within a month, following the withdrawal of the Special Protection Group (SPG) cover for her.

Even if she had not been served notice, she would have shifted her base to Lucknow. She would be staying in Uttar Pradesh for 20 to 22 days a month. It was decided six months ago, Lalan Kumar said.

He said it was also decided that the Congress general secretary would undertake extensive tours of the state, making the state capital her base.

Last year, during her Lucknow visit on October 2 to participate in the Gandhi Jayanti march, Priyanka Gandhi visited the house and spent some time there.

The house is lying vacant at present with no one from the Kaul family using it.

Sheila Kaul, who died in 2015, was the sister-in-law of India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru. She had been a Union Minister and Delhi’s chief minister.

Her house is located on Gokhle Marg in Lucknow, about three kilometres from the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee headquarters.

When Priyanka Gandhi was appointed Congress general secretary in charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the then party president Rahul Gandhi had said his sister has been given the responsibility as part of a long-term plan.

“She hasn’t been sent there for four months, she has been sent there with a larger plan. We will not only defeat the BJP in 2019 but also win the 2022 elections,” he said, referring to the next assembly elections.

The Centre in November replaced the SPG cover for Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her children Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra with Z-plus security by the CRPF.

This arrangement does allow her to retain any government accommodation and she has to vacate the 35, Lodhi Estate bungalow, officials said.

According to a notice issued by the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry, she has to vacate the bungalow by August 1, failing which it will attract damage charges/penal rent as per rules .


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  1. Instead of moving to Lucknow , if she has any intention of entering into the Loksabha , she should find home in any muslim majority town in muslim majority district , in that state of India where the Hindus are in minority. Waywand , Malabar areas in Kerala fits the bill. she may try Kishangang in Bihar also.

    Now a days, A big chunk of nationalistic Hindu voters are not inclined to vote for scion of Nehruvian dynasty. She does not possess any other appealing qualification to attract voters except incidence of birth.Unfortunately every month come out with some damaging story that further damages the image of “INDIA LOOTING FAMILY ” Latest version of stories of acceptance Donation by Chines embassy and Chines Government s affiliates/agencies to Family owned and managed Trust– RajiveGandhi Foundation – has further downed family image. She should try some areas which are most backwards, where voters can be swayed by false promises . The ares selected should be an area which is non-Hindi speaking also , as she will not get foothold in Hindi speaking areas, where people fee liberated by rejecting congress misrule and strangulation of dynastic rulers.

  2. In the aftermath of the Pulwama attack, The Caravan Magazine published an article giving details of the caste of the dead soldiers and trying to make a point that upper caste people, who are apparently in the forefront of the Hindutva movement, were not enough in numbers for those dying for the country. By the same stretch of logic The Caravan should write an article on the death of our soldiers in Galwan, give a break up on their religious beliefs and point out that people who were recently in the forefront of reading the preamble to the constitution during the anti CAA protests were conspicuous by their absence there.

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