The Congress party may have managed only a paltry 44 seats in the Lok Sabha elections of 2014. But even though the party now takes up significantly lesser space in Parliament than earlier, its first family still trumps most other politicians in Delhi, including the prime minister, when it comes to the size of its residence. An RTI query has revealed that Sonia Gandhi's residence in 10 Janpath is bigger than the Prime Minister's 7 Race Course Road, according to a Times of India report.
Only the first citizen- the President's residence- and that of the Vice-President, are larger in area than the Congress president's residence, the report says.
While the Congress president's residence is said to be spread over 15,181 square metres, the prime minister's residence measures up to 14,101 square metres.
These figures, however, pale in comparison to the size of the Rashtrapati Bhawan- which measures 320 acres, or 12,94,994 square metres, and the residence of the Vice-President (26,333.49 square metres), according to a Zee News report.
However, these two places are official residences which are allotted to the persons who occupy the posts, the house of Sonia Gandhi is significantly bigger than the houses allotted to other members of Parliament, as pointed out in a report by the Hindi newspaper Dainik Jagran.
Dev Ashish Bhattacharya, who filed the RTI application, said that the Himachal Pradesh government did not disclose information on the size of Priyanka Gandhi's residence in the state, according to the Dainik Jagran report.