Mayawati's colossal bungalow in Lucknow will go to Shivpal Yadav, who quit his family-run Samajwadi Party recently and is seen to be gravitating towards the ruling BJP, even though he denies it emphatically. The 6, Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg house, a towering legacy of Mayawati's years as Uttar Pradesh chief minister, has been vacant since May. The Supreme Court had ordered five former chief ministers, including Mayawati, to vacate their government bungalows.
Thanks to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Shivpal Yadav, the estranged uncle of former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, is the new occupant of the bungalow that has 12 bedrooms, 12 dressing rooms, four huge verandahs, two halls, kitchens, four security watch towers and staff quarters. There are eight AC plants and a 500 kilowatt sound proof generator for power back-up.
"I have a very small flat. I am a five-time MLA (legislator), a two-time minister, I am entitled to bigger government accommodation and I will need this," Shivpal Yadav told NDTV, denying that the bungalow was a reward from the BJP government for his attacks on nephew Akhilesh Yadav. He also claimed that there were intelligence reports of a threat to him.