AAP wants to build an office, writes to Urban Development ministry

Buoyed by its success in the Delhi Assembly elections, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has asked the Urban Development ministry to allot it a plot for constructing the party headquarters.

The ministry, on the other hand, is planning to send a notice to former Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit to vacate the sprawling bungalow allotted to her in Lutyens' Delhi, which has been her home for the past 15 years.

The AAP, which bagged 28 seats in the Assembly elections, has qualified as a regional party by virtue of both the number of seats won and the share in the overall voting percentage.

In an email sent to the Land and Development Office (L&DO), which works under the UD ministry, AAP leader Sanjeev Sharma has said "the party would like to avail the facility now" and asked L&DO to elaborate the procedure involved getting the land allotted to the party.

"We have written to them saying we would like to avail this facility now and want to know what the procedure/formalities are. We have not decided on any particular plot. It is for them (ministry) to tell us where they can give us the land,"AAP spokesperson Manish Sisodia said.

The AAP party office presently works out of a two-storeyed building on 41, Hanuman Road. The building, which reportedly belongs to an NRI, is rented out to the party for Re 1 per month. It also doubles up as party leader Arvind Kejriwal's residence.

UD officials said they were looking into the request and nothing has been finalised yet. "We have received a request from them, but we are yet to identify the land where AAP headquarters could come up," a senior ministry official said.

Meanwhile, the ministry is planning to send a notice to Dikshit, asking her to vacate the type VIII bungalow allotted to her. While the accommodation of the party MLAs and even the chief minister are looked after by the state government, Dikshit was allotted the bungalow in Lutyens' zone under the "privileged rules". These bungalows are earmarked for Union ministers, Members of Parliament (MP) and the higher judiciary.

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