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Rabri issued notice to vacate govt bungalow

Anand Mohan Sahay in Patna | November 24, 2005 20:58 IST

Former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi was issued noticeto vacate 1 Anne Marg, the sprawling bungalow spreadover fouracres ofland within the next seven days.

Official sources in the state government said Thursday thata notice was issued to Rabrito vacate her official residence to make way for new Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

Rabrialong with her powerfulhusbandand Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav wereliving at 1 Anne Marg, for nearly one and half decade.

"The Lalu-Rabri couple with their nine children shifted to this palatial buildingdirectly fromasmall peon quarter," sources said.

When Lalu became chief minister for the first time on March 10, 1990, he along with his family lived in the 'chaprasi quarter' of his brother. Lalu's brother was a peon in a vetinary college in Patna.

Official sourcessaid that Rabri Devi would now have to vacate the house which the couple has occupiedeven after ousted from the power in February 2005 followingdefeat in last assembly polls itself. But she and Lalu were not asked to vacate the houseand was not disturbed by Governor Buta Singh during the President's rule.

Sourcesclose to themsaid thather luggage has been shifted to another neighbouring sprawling building, which was allotted to Lalu.

Rabri's cattle, including over 50 cows will also have to shifted to a newadjacent building, which shared boundary with 1 Anne Marg.

It was learnt that1 Anne Marg was notnotified as the official residence of the chief minister of Bihar, but it was regarded as best and suitable for thechief minister as it is situated in high security zone near Governor house.

Besides, before Lalu-Rabri'schief ministership, other formerchief ministers including Bindeshwari Dubey and Bhagwat Jha Azad also livedthere during their tenure.

The new chief minister after taking oath Thursday was temporarily living in the state guest house, situated near 1 Anne Marg. Officials said arrangements were made for Nitishin the state guest house till he will shift to his official residence.

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