Indian lawmaker slammed for $7m home splurge
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