New Delhi: Press Club of India has urged the Union government to evict a BJP MP from his official bungalow, whose land has been allotted to the organisation for construction of its building.
Accusing Dilip Gandhi, who is a third-time Lok Sabha MP from Maharashtra, of "throwing his weight about" to keep possession of his residence, PCI said Gandhi has even written to the National Security Advisor, calling the organisation a "national security threat" in his bid to deny it the land.
"This worse than logic-defying absurdity would be laughable were it not a handle being used by Gandhi to deny the PCI the premises earmarked for it by the government," it said in a statement.
"There is little doubt in our mind that he is trying to throw his weight about as an MP of the ruling party. We condemn his attitude. We urge the authorities to complete at the earliest the formalities... His eviction is a prerequisite for this," it added.
Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu has been supportive of its effort, the PCI said, and his office had urged Gandhi to vacate the premises on Rajendra Prasad Road.
PCI has paid the required amount to the government for the lease of the land on which its new building is to come up.
"For more than 55 years, the PCI has operated from the ramshackle World War II barracks on Raisina Road, and the need for a modern building in keeping with the status of the institution as an active centre for journalists from all parts of the country with work and entertainment facilities, has been long felt," it said.