‘It’s a 7-Star Hotel’: Sushil Modi on Bungalow Vacated by Tejashwi

Maintaining the bungalow in its current shape would be like “maintaining an elephant,” the Bihar Deputy CM said.

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“There has been a splurge as if it were meant for some raja-maharaja” – was Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi’s description of the government bungalow vacated by RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav.

Sushil Modi moved into the bungalow at 5, Deshratna Marg in Patna on Tuesday, 19 January, after Supreme Court asked Yadav to vacate the accommodation.

The RJD leader was Modi’s predecessor to the post.

“I am stunned to see the extravagant decoration and furnishing of the bungalow, which surpass those at the Raj Bhawan and 1, Anney Marg (official residence of the CM),” news agency PTI quoted Modi as saying.

"I can now see the reason behind the obsession with this bungalow. Money has been blindly spent on its decoration,” he said, adding that crores of rupees must have been spent on the bungalow.


“It feels like we have entered a 7-star hotel. Nothing is ordinary in this house,” news agency ANI quoted Modi as saying.

Yadav had fought a protracted legal battle and appealed the Patna High Court to challenge the Bihar government’s order to vacate the bungalow. He later moved the Supreme Court, which dismissed his petition and slapped a fine of Rs 50,000 on him, PTI reported.

Yadav, who lost the deputy chief minister’s chair in July 2017, when Chief Minister Nitish Kumar walked out of the grand alliance in Bihar and realigned with the BJP, has been allotted a bungalow (1, Polo Road) that was previously occupied by Modi.

Replying to a query, the BJP leader said maintaining the Deshratna Marg bungalow in its current shape would be like "maintaining an elephant.”

"It would be quite difficult for me," he said. Modi said that he will continue to reside in his own house at Rajendra Nagar locality of the city and his official bungalow will be used for official purposes only.

Asked whether he would order an inquiry into the alleged "splurge" of public money to decorate the bungalow, the deputy CM said that would look like vendetta politics.

“But, of course, I will order an assessment, so that we get an estimate of the expenditure that had been made.”

(With inputs from PTI and ANI)

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