CEC denies 'bungalow favour' from Gujarat Govt.
(8 months ago)
New Delhi , October 23 : Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Achal Kumar Joti on Monday denied taking favour from the Gujarat Government to let him stay at the Ahmedabad bungalow for over a year.
Reports were rife that Joti continued to stay at the bungalow till late 2016, after he succeeded Nasim Zaidi as the head of the Election Commission.
In an exclusive interview to ANI, the Chief Election Commissioner said, "I vacated the Ahmedabad bungalow in October 2016. I paid the rent on a regular basis as per the Gujarat Government norms. So it cannot be said that I took any undue favours from any government."
He further said that he was allocated a house in Delhi only after a year of being appointed in the Election Commission.
Joti was the chief secretary of Gujarat when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the chief minister. He was appointed as the Chief Election Commissioner on July 6, 2017.