Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu is setting bad standards in misuse and abuse of power in his own style. The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) Chief, who is already facing serious allegations with respect to corruption and illegal money-making, was recently under fire for allegedly carrying out a massive scandal that involved sale of highly expensive ornaments from the sacred shrine of Lord Sri Venkateshwara Swamy temple in Tirumala.
Now, Chandrababu is reported to have spent a whopping Rs 8,72,485 during his two-day tour to Bengaluru on May 23,24 this year, when he attended the swearing-in ceremony of Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy. According to a leading English daily, Chandrababu checked into the Taj West End hotel on May 23 at around 10 am and by the time he checked out on May 24 at 05.30 am, a bill of Rs 8,72,485 was reported to have been generated against his name.
As per the news making the rounds in Karnataka's political circles, HD Kumaraswamy himself has a fair chance of spending lesser than what Chandrababu did. Unsurprisingly, the TDP supremo's lavish spending of public money is nothing new and did not go unnoticed. Chandrababu usually spends a fortune during his foreign tours.
However, experts see the hotel bill as an indication to Chandrababu's desperate attempt to be a part of a third front, in a bid to save face for his failure to deliver his election promises, let alone the Special Category Status (SCS) issue. On the occasion of the swearing-in ceremony, Chandrababu met several national leaders, including Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Bangla CM Mamata Benarjee and former Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav.
Besides Chandrababu, 41 other top political leaders were invited to the ceremony. Chandrababu stands tops the list of leaders who have spent the most on the occasion, while Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal is a distant second with a spending of Rs 1,85,287.
Here's how much political leaders spent, according to Bangalore Mirror:
Former UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav: Rs 1,02,400
Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati: Rs 1,41,443
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan: Rs 1,02,400
Congress leader Ashok Gehlot: Rs 1,02,400
CPM leader Sitaram Yechury: Rs 64,000
Former Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren: Rs 38,400
NCP leader Sharad Pawar: Rs 64,000
AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi: Rs 38,400
Former Jharkhand CM Babulal Marandi: Rs 45,952