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Bihar ex- CMs in tussle over official house.

Bihar ex- CMs in tussle over official house AFTER the controversy of former Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi refusing to vacate the official residence of the chief minister at 1, Aney Marg, till current CM Nitish Kumar vacates what is the bungalow for a former CM, one more claimant to the spacious 7, Circular Road, has surfaced.

Two of Nitish's predecessors are waiting for him to vacate the Circular Road bungalow in Patna which is to be assigned to former CMs of the state.

But sources said Nitish is in no hurry to shift to the official chief ministerial bungalow, which currently has Manjhi as its resident.

Sources close to CM Nitish said he might not vacate the bungalow in the near future but that has not deterred three- time chief minister Dr Jagannath Mishra from staking claim to the Circular Road house.

Mishra, who was chief minister of the state three times between 1975 and 1990, has been allotted 41, Hardinge Road bungalow by the state government but he has refused to move there.

Raising revolt Mishra's son Nitish Mishra, among the ministers in the Manjhi government who had raised a banner of revolt against Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, said his father should be accorded the same house which was occupied by Nitish Kumar.

" My father should be allotted 7, Circular House, since that house is meant for former chief ministers," he said.

" If the government allocates it to my father, the government will not have to spend money on its renovation. If the government is unable to do so, it will have to do up 41, Hardinge Road, exactly the way Nitish's bungalow ( 7, Circular Road) has been done," he said.

Jagannath Mishra said Nitish Kumar would not vacate the bungalow because the Assembly elections were only six months away. " Nitish ji knows that he is not going to win the polls and become chief minister again," he said, adding, " So he wants to retain the house allotted to him as a former CM." Earlier, Manjhi had also expressed his wish to move to Nitish's bungalow but said, " I will leave 1, Aney Marg and shift to 7, Circular Road, as soon as Nitish vacates it". Nitish Mishra said the Manjhi government had allotted 12, Bailey Road, to his father on February 18 but the Nitish government annulled the decision and allocated 41, Hardinge Road, to him recently.

Currently, Nitish Mishra himself occupies 12, Bailey Road, allotted to him after he became a minister.

During Manjhi's tenure, Nitish Mishra had requested the bungalow to be allotted to his father but the decision was later revoked by the Nitish government.

The building construction department then asked his father to vacate the bungalow since he wasn't occupying any office.

During Nitish Kumar's previous stint as CM, the bungalow at 1, Aney Marg, had been designated as the official chief ministerial bungalow.

Vacated After Nitish resigned in May last year, he vacated the property promptly and Manjhi subsequently moved into the bungalow.

During his previous tenure, Nitish had also made all former chief ministers entitled to a bungalow for lifetime. This rule thus automatically makes Jangannath Mishra eligible for a government house. However, it seems his house hunt is a long way still.

Nitish Kumar took over as the chief minister of the state after a political drama. His protege and former Jitan Ram Manjhi, who was handpicked by Nitish himself, had refused to quit.

The situation took an uglier turn when a JD- U MLAs moved a no- confidence motion against the former CM. In an unexpected turn of events, Manjhi had quit hours before the trust vote.

My father should be allotted 7, Circular House since that house is meant for former chief ministers. If the government allocates it to my father, it will not have to spend money on its renovation or it will have to renovate 41, Hardinge Road.

' ' -- Nitish Mishra son of Bihar ex- CM Jagannath Mishra

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