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Cong asked to vacate 24 Akbar Road

Confirming receipt of the notice, senior Congress leader Motilal Vohra said that the party has replied to the notice and that they would intimate if the ministry makes further queries. “Yes, we have received a notice and have replied to it. We will intimate if they make any further query in this regard,” said Vohra, who is one of the senior-most leaders of the party, besides being a member of the Rajya Sabha and treasurer at AICC.

 The Urban Development Ministry has issued a notice to the Congress to vacate its headquarters at 24, Akbar Road; the Sewa Dal office at 26, Akbar Road; the Indian Youth Congress office at Raisina Road and also the office in Chanakyapuri. Sources said that while the Congress had sought three years’ extension to vacate these bungalows, Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, has directed the concerned authorities to examine the request of the grand old party of the country.

According to the UD ministry, the Congress was required to vacate the four bungalows that were in their possession in June 2013. “Because the Congress was handed over possession of the land at 9-A, Rouse Avenue in June 2010 as per the policy on Allotment of Land to Political Parties for building their offices, the party was required to vacate the four bungalows within three years, that is, by June 2013, which was not done,” said a UD ministry press note, late in the evening, denying that the government has served an eviction notice to the Congress.

The UD Ministry in January 2015, had informed the Congress that the said allocation had been cancelled with effect from June 2013, and the party will be charged the damage rate of licence fee thereafter for the said bungalows, till they are vacated, as per the policy.
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