In­dian law­maker slammed for $7m home splurge

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

An In­dian politi­cian is be­ing slammed for spend­ing $7.3 mil­lion of tax­pay­ers money on a pala­tial new home, built on an an­cient ar­chi­tec­tural sys­tem and fit­ted with bul­let-proof rooms. K Chan­drasekhar Rao, chief min­is­ter of Te­lan­gana, moved to his of­fi­cial res­i­dence on Thurs­day amid the chant­ing of re­li­gious hymns by pri­ests to ward off bad spir­its. The 100,000-square-feet (9,000 me­tre) bun­ga­low on a nine-acre plot has a movie the­atre for 250 peo­ple, a con­fer­ence hall for 700 peo­ple and bul­let-proof of­fices and bath­rooms for Rao and his politi­cian son.

But the grand house­warm­ing func­tion did not im­press so­cial me­dia users, who crit­i­cized Rao for a “crim­i­nal waste of money” and en­joy­ing lux­ury on tax­pay­ers’ ex­pense. “Shame! We’ve got feu­dal lords, not lead­ers. Do we need a French style rev­o­lu­tion, for them to get real?” Smiti Ma­habir tweeted.

Peo­ple also hit out at the politi­cian for pro­mot­ing su­per­sti­tion af­ter his of­fice re­leased videos of the func­tion show­ing Rao’s spir­i­tual guru per­form­ing re­li­gious rit­u­als and “bless­ing” his of­fi­cial chair by briefly sit­ting on it. The politi­cian is known for favour­ing Vastu Shas­tra, an an­cient Hindu sys­tem of ar­chi­tec­ture.

Rao is plan­ning to raze the state’s main govern­ment com­plex to build a new Vastu com­pli­ant one be­cause he be­lieves the present struc­ture is un­lucky for the state. The pro­posed build­ing will be con­structed at an es­ti­mated cost of $52 mil­lion. His govern­ment has ap­pointed a full-time Vastu con­sul­tant to make all projects con­form with the an­cient build­ing sys­tem. — AFP

HY­DER­ABAD: This hand­out pic­ture re­leased by the Pub­lic Re­la­tion De­part­ment of the Govern­ment of Te­lan­gana and taken on Novem­ber 24, 2016 shows Te­lan­gana Chief Min­is­ter K Chan­drashekhar Rao (cen­ter) tak­ing part in a rit­ual to in­au­gu­rate his new home. — AFP

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