In what could add on good revenue to the Central government’s account, the government has taken a landmark decision by making the Prime Minister’s official residence on Race Course Road in New Delhi available for rent for wedding celebrations.
The government, however, was specific about not renting the place for New Year celebrations and other occasions which have roots in Western countries. “Management reserves the right to rent the building,” an official from PMO said.
According to reliable sources in the PM’s office, the decision was taken in a cabinet meeting as the PM’s residence was lying vacant owing to the his frequent travelling. Moreover, the residence was used less by Narendra Modi as he preferred sleeping in planes during his latest trips to Belgium, US and Saudi Arabia between March 30 and April 2, wherein he spent three nights on Air India One.
“This decision should have been taken long back, like a few months later we came to power as we had realised Modi ji’s love for travelling. Anyhow, this is the right time for announcement as the wedding season is fast approaching and we have time till 2019 and can still make a good revenue,” one of the senior party leader said.
The PM’s residence will be made available for rent from coming May and the government has already started cleaning process in the building. Sources have them that the government was also planning to make Alia Bhatt the brand ambassador to attract more people. Bhatt will be seen in TV commercials offering ‘Right’ and ‘Left’ discounts for the potential customers.
When a cabinet minister was asked on what arrangement will be done to accommodate the PM during his rare visits to India, he said, “If at all Modi ji visits India, we will ensure that he will be busy in election campaigns in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Kerala and Assam.
Asked if the PM’s residence will be used only during wedding seasons, the sources said that the interiors of the building, once the wedding season gets over, will be rented for start-ups work and businessmen to conduct board meetings and all.
Though a majority of people have welcomed the decision, however, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal had taken an exception to this and described it as an electoral gimmick. “Sabke sab chor hain ji,” he said.