Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has been directed to vacate his government-provided bungalow at 12, Tughlaq Lane, following his disqualification as a Lok Sabha member. According to the rules, a disqualified parliamentarian is not entitled to an official accommodation and is given a period of 30 days to vacate. This was Rahul Gandhi’s fourth term as a Lok Sabha MP, having been first elected from Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi in 2004. Despite losing to Union minister Smriti Irani in the 2019 Amethi election, he secured a win from Kerala’s Wayanad constituency.
The move to vacate his official bungalow marks a significant development in Rahul Gandhi’s political career, as it underscores his recent status as a former parliamentarian. It also symbolizes a shift in political power, as Gandhi relinquishes his position in the Lok Sabha and prepares to take on new roles within the Congress party.
While the decision to vacate the bungalow may appear to be a logistical matter, it also holds symbolic significance. For many politicians, official accommodations serve as a sign of status and influence, and losing this privilege can be seen as a loss of power.