Bihar ministers rent out official bungalows for marriages for Rs 3 lakh per day

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In a major embarrassment to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, two ministers of his Cabinet have been exposed by India Today of renting out their official bungalows for private weddings and parties. The daily earnings of these two ministers from the business is approximately Rs  2.5 lakh to 3 lakh per day, an amount which is unaccounted.

Abdul Gafoor, minister for minority affairs in Nitish govt has been allotted a posh and palatial bungalow at 3, Taylor Road in Patna. Several acres of open land inside this bungalow is decked up round the year with pandals and lighting during wedding season. At this time, almost every day there is a wedding function happening at his bungalow.

Similarly, 12 Strand Road, the official bungalow of Minister for Culture and Youth Affairs Shiv Chander Ram is decorated throughout the year for wedding and private parties. According to 2011 figures, a Bihar legislator draws a monthly salary of Rs 1 lakh and it appears that this huge salary added with privileges and perks is not enough for these two ministers who are renting out their official bungalow for commercial purpose.

Opposition leader and senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi has criticized Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for allowing his ministers to rent out their official bungalows for weddings and parties. He demanded sacking of both ministers from the Cabinet.

"Both ministers have turned their official bungalows into banquet halls. Both are earning crores by renting out their bungalows. Nitish should sack them and FIR should be registered against them. Nitish has also attended marriages in these bungalows. No way can the ministers make commercial use of the official bungalows," said Sushil Modi.
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