New Delhi, June 18: A BJP MLA has urged Centre not to allow Priyanka Gandhi to construct her house near the summer residence of the President of India in Chharabra, Shimla.
Reportedly, BJP MLA from Shimla Suresh Bharadwaj has also written a letter to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh regarding the same.
In support of his claim, BJP leader said that as the area (near the Presidential Retreat) falls in "high security zone", such an activity should not be allowed.
He further said that no construction is allowed in the vicinity of either the Presidential Retreat or Kalyani helipad nearby due to security reasons and that other people had been refused such permission in the past.
The former Rajya Sabha MP said dignitaries like Prime Minister also stay at Presidential Retreat during their visits and Kalyani helipad is used exclusively by the Air Force for these VVIPs and for other security sorties.
"...but now Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is constructing a house in this area which has put security of his Excellency the President of India, Prime Minister and other dignitaries at risk," Bharadwaj said in the letter to Singh.
According to him, the area is 'no-construction zone', because of which people sold their land at throwaway prices and Priyanka purchased about 4,000 sq mtr of land.
Taking "advantage" of her family status, Priyanka managed to get permission to construct house in the high-security zone, the MLA claimed.
"The security angle of the President and other VVIPs may kindly be re-examined and permission granted to Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to construct a huge house near Retreat, Shimla may be withdrawn," he said in the letter.
(With inputs from PTI)