The winner of a Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) lottery gave up his prize-winning costly flat in Mumbai citing bad ''vaastu''. Vinod Shirke, the shakha chief of Shivsena in Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had in December last year won two flats valued at Rs. 4.99 crores and Rs. 5.08 crores each, the costliest flats in history to be ever sold in a MHADA lottery.
The BMC official said he decided to relinquish the costlier flat on the suggestion of his ''vastu'' consultant.
Speaking to ANI, Vinod Shirke said, "I had won two flats in the same building and as per the guidelines of MHADA, I can establish a claim on any one of them. After seeking advice from my Vaastu consultant, I have decided that I won't be accepting the costlier flat which is worth of 5.80 crores."
"My Vaastu consultant has suggested some mandatory alterations to be made in the flats to ensure a better career in politics and social life for me. But the suggested amendments cannot be undertaken in the costlier flat (5.80 crores) of Dhavalgiri but those can be made in the second flat which amounts for 4.99 crores. I have informed the authorities about withdrawing my claim from the costlier flat. "
While confirming the news, a MHADA official told ANI that Vinod Shirke has intimated the department about his decision and now as per procedure, the flat will be offered to people in the waiting list for the said flat.