(Garhshankar) Hoshiarpur: With Rs 60,000 pension per month in his pocket, two time ex-BSP MLA Shingara Ram Shahunggra, who was gathering ‘public sympathy’ for staying in a ‘tent’, instead of finding a rented accommodation was ‘adamant’ to sit on protest. His official bungalow was evicted last week. Ironically, Shahunggra admitted that though he was getting Rs 60,000 pension ie Rs 30,000 per month for two terms for being an MLA but he was finding it hard to make both ends meet! Initially, he maintained that he was getting only Rs 20,000 pension, hence the excuse to stay in the tent.
At present, the ex MLA was staying on the Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Garhshankar office premises. And on Saturday, the BSP leader, who otherwise never paid ‘house rent’ while staying in the government bungalow brought his three supporters to sit on ‘fast unto death’ against the government orders. The ex BSP MLA was also the president of Shri Guru Ravidass Charan Cho Ganga Dharmik Asthan, Khuralgarh (Garhshankar). Ex MLA Shingara Ram Shahunggra said that he was staying in the tent as a mark of ‘protest’ against the officials, who threw him out of the government accommodation. “The way they (officials) forced me to move out of the bungalow, it was highly inappropriate.
The officials treated me like a terrorist”, he said, emphasizing that he never got any eviction notices from the government officials. However, when asked that why didn’t he shift to a rented accommodation, the ex BSP MLA said, “I have been an honest MLA all my life and didn’t built any house. Look at the inflation, how can I manage to built a house? As of now, I will stay in the tent, as it is hard to run a house with pension money.”
Interestingly, the ex MLA also admitted that he never paid any house rent, “Neither I paid any house rent and nor got any notices for it. Infact, I never got any such notices to vacate the official accommodation as well”, he said. Contrary to this, Kandi Canal Executive Engineer Vijay Gill said that Shingara Ram was staying in the government bungalow for the past 20 years. “We served him as many as 25 eviction notices, on which he never responded. Then, there was decree in the year 2005 that the official accommodation should be evicted but he did not relent. Finally, we had to bring police to get the house vacated last week”, he said.
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