Pune: President Pratibha Patil decided to give up the proposed post-retirement bungalow being constructed in Pune after allegations of grabbing defence land. The activists who highlighted the violations have claimed victory but the President said she was pained at such baseless allegations.
Retired defence officers in Pune congratulated each other and were triumphant that their protest against the allotment of the plot of defence land in the Khadki area to President Pratibha Patil for her retirement home, forced the President to return the land.
Commander (Retd) Ravindra Pathak of Justice for Jawans said, "We are extremely happy. I would've been happier if with grace she would've accepted her mistake."
Journalist Vinita Deshmukh thanked the media and social media and said, "She would not have been able to live in peace here, that's why she came under immense public pressure and returned it."...more
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