New Delhi. In a worrying instance that raises serious question marks over her ability to live in palatial houses, the President of India, Her Excellency, Smt. Pratibha Patil went missing in the evening today inside the Rashtrapati Bhavan premises. The incident happened when the nation was busy watching the IPL match between Delhi and Hyderabad, and hence went unnoticed and unreported in the mainstream media.
“Madam has become sentimental about having to leave the house as her presidential tenure is coming to an end. That’s why she goes on a walk every now and then these days, inside the house,” a maid working in the Rashtrapati Bhavan disclosed.
“Earlier she used to step out only a few times in a year, and whenever she used to do that, she would directly fly to another country,” the maid added, referring to her frequent foreign trips.
Sources say that the GPS tracker Mrs. Patil used to carry with herself had stopped working. Special team of commandos was assembled for search operation, which lasted for over an hour. Madam President was found looking towards the sky when she was found out by commandos using night goggles.
“Frankly, we didn’t feel the absence of a President in India, but this could have become a big issue in the media so we ordered a search operation after waiting for a couple of hours,” a security officer told on conditions of anonymity.
However, the incident is threatening to snowball into a major controversy as it comes close to allegations of land grabbing against President Patil. She has been accused of trying to build a grand house for herself on a land belonging to the Defense Ministry.
“She has gone missing in the present house; what will happen in a bigger one? At least for Her Excellency’s own safety, she should return the newly acquired land back to Defense Ministry,” an expert argued on a national news channel.
In response to questions about possibility of her going missing again in bigger house, the President’s office replied saying that the new house will have “You Are Here” maps every 10 meters, together with emergency exits.
President herself was not available to comment on this issue as she had already flown away to attend a conference – “Homeless and Helpless in the sub-continent” – an initiative to provide shelter to the poor, being held in Australia.
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