War of words between Cong, BJP over reports of Priyanka seeking more time to vacate bungalow

New Delhi: A war of words erupted between Congress and the ruling BJP at the Centre over reports of Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra seeking more time to vacate her Lutyens bungalow even as she rubbished the claim asserting that the accommodation will be surrendered by August 1.
‘This is FAKE NEWS. I have not made any such request to the government.” As per the eviction letter handed to me on the 1st of July, I will be vacating the government accommodation at 35 Lodhi Estate by the 1st of August,’ she said.
After Ms Vadra’s tweet, BJP leader and Urban Development minister Hardeep Singh Puri said that a “powerful” Congress leader had recently requested him to allot the Lodhi Estate government accommodation to another Congress MP so that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who has been asked to evict the residence by August 1, can stay on.
‘Facts speak for themselves! A powerful Congress leader with much clout in the Party called me on 4 July 2020 at 12:05 pm to request that 35, Lodhi Estate be allotted to another INC MP so that Priyanka Vadra can stay on. Let’s not sensationalize everything please,’Puri saId after Priyanka termed the news report as ‘fake news.
Vadra responded to the Union minister to assert that she made no such request to the government and reiterated that she would be vacating the bungalow by August 1 as required in the eviction letter.
“If someone called you Mr Puri, I thank them for their concern, and thank you for your consideration as well but it still does not change the facts: I have made no such request, and I am making no such request. As I said, I will be vacating the house by the 1st of August as required in the eviction letter,” she said.
AICC media incharge Randeep Singh Surjewala also sought to counter the claim by Hardeep Puri and said he should not sensationalise his “lies”.
“Dear Puri, Priyankaji fights for the cause of people and need no favours from your ilk. So stop bragging unwarrantedly. The issue is closed. And so that all know, did you allot 35, Lodhi Estate to a Congress MP or BJP Spokesperson? So pl stop sensationaling ur lies,’Surjewala said.
The government had on, July 1, issued an eviction notice to the Congress leader, asking her to vacate the 35, Lodhi Estate bungalow before August 1.