Jammu and Kashmir News
Srinagar: It may have been easier for Mehbooba Mufti to win the Assembly elections, but it certainly doesn’t seem an easy task to assert the Chief Minister’s designated official residence in New Delhi.
Former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah’s wife Payal has refused vacate the Akbar Road residence. Payal, who has been separated from her husband and former CM Omar Abdullah since 2011, has been living with her two sons in the bungalow since 1999. It is an undisputed fact that Payal Nath has Z category security and her sons have Z+ security. The two sons are great grandsons of the late Sheikh Abdullah, who played a significant role in the accession of the state of J&K with the Union of India.
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She has cited security reasons for not vacating the sweeping Type-VIII bungalow on 7, Akbar Road. In her response to the notice sent by the Estate Officer of J&K Resident Commission, she cited example of other political figures like Priyanka Gandhi, who have also been allotted official residence on the basis of security concerns. She claims that she is within her legal rights to contest eviction from the house he left her in, citing a previous Supreme Court judgement that upheld the same.
But she is just one of the many VIPs who just won’t get out of their posh bungalows.
Omar Abdullah has deserted his wife and children in the premises in question —
Payal Nath has a retinue of 94 guards at her Akbar Road residence to protect her and her children.
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After the NDA came to power in 2014, a whole bunch of politicians from the previous government refused to vacate their place in the Lutyens zone, home to the rich and powerful in India. Kapil Sibal, Ajit Singh, Mohammed Azharuddin, RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, A.Raja along with S.M Krishna, Mukul Roy, Pawan Kumar Bansal, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Buta Singh and Mukul Wasnik, among others. have their names of the list.