In battle for George, party eyes his house
New Delhi: While the two women in socialist leader George Fernandes' life - Leila Kabir and Jaya Jaitley - are squabbling over him, his Janata Dal-United is avidly eyeing his spacious official residence with its large garden, 3 Krishna Menon Marg, in Lutyen's bungalow zone.
After getting a favourable verdict from Delhi High Court recently, Kabir shifted Fernandes lock, stock and barrel to her south Delhi residence. Jaya's belongings have been dumped in an outhouse.
The Delhi unit of the JD-U has virtually taken over the coveted bungalow and lost no time in opening a party cell office in the house to legitimise its claim. The Rajya Sabha tenure of Fernandes ended July 7. Party sources say the JD-U is desperately trying to get the residence allotted to one of the other senior leaders.
In image: Defence Minister George Fernandes waves as he holds a pilot`s helmet prior to flying a short sortie in an Indian Air Force MiG-21 fighter jet at Ambala, 01 August 2003. (Photograph copyright AFP)