SHILLONG, Sept 9 - Former Congress Chief Minister Mukul Sangma has vacated his palatial bungalow and now it would be interesting to see if the ruling National People�s Party (NPP) lives up to its pre-poll promise and convert the building into a children�s hospital.
While in the Opposition and before this year�s Assembly elections, the NPP accused the Congress of being extravagant at the cost of public money. The CM�s residence was built under the direction of Sangma at a cost of over Rs 10 crore.
The residence at a prime location is known as �Good Wood� and has more than 30 rooms. It is also fitted with some of the latest security apparatuses.
The NPP promised that if the party is voted to power they would turn the huge building into a children�s hospital. Chief Minister Conrad Sangma does have his own house at 4th Mile in the outskirts of the city.
According to official sources, the former CM has moved out of his bungalow at Oakland and his younger brother Zenith Sangma too is �moving out� from his official residence at Motinagar.
However, there is no word about former Speaker Abu Taher Mondal, also from Opposition Congress party, on vacating his official bungalow. Officials said that senior Sangma has moved into Sherwood, which was the official residence of DD Lapang, another ex-CM of the State.
The State Government has just 20 official bungalows in the State Capital, which are used by incumbent Ministers. There are no rules as to when an occupant has to vacate these bungalows once they are out of power.