Ahead of vacating her government bungalow in Lutyens zone in Delhi, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday spoke to BJP MP Anil Baluni, who has been allotted the house, and wished him and his wife good luck and happiness.
The Congress leader had on Sunday invited Baluni, the head of BJP’s media department, and his wife over tea, before she moves out of the 35, Lodhi Estate house. Sources said the Congress leader exchanged pleasantries with Baluni and his wife over phone. Baluni, who has not been keeping well for some time, expressed his inability to accept her tea offer due to health issues.
“Today, I talked to Mr Anil Baluni and his wife. I pray to God for his good health and happiness. While giving best wishes to them for their new house, I hope they get as much happiness in this house as I and my family found,” she said in a tweet in Hindi. Baluni, a Rajya Sabha MP from Uttarakhand, in turn invited Priyanka Gandhi and her family for an Uttarakhand meal’ once he shifts into his new house, sources said.
According to sources, the BJP MP invited the Congress leader for a meal comprising cuisines from the hill state like Manduwe ki roti’, Jhangore ki kheer’, Pahadi raita’ and Bhatt ki churkani’. Sources said that Baluni in a letter thanked Priyanka Gandhi for the invite, and expressed his inability to move out as he had recently returned home after being treated for cancer. He said doctors have advised him to stay in isolation at home, they said. He had undergone treatment in Mumbai for several months.
Baluni has been staying in a government bungalow at Gurudwara Rakabganj Road here According to sources, Priyanka Gandhi has moved some of her belongings to a penthouse in Gurgaon’s Sector 42 where her children would be staying for some time. The Congress leader is learnt to have finalised a new house in Delhi and final touches are being given to it. The Ministry of Urban Development issued a notice to her on July 1, asking her to vacate the bungalow before August 1 as she was no longer eligible for it after her security cover was downgraded last year.