In­dian law­maker slammed for US$7m home splurge

The Myanmar Times - - World -

AN In­dian politi­cian is be­ing slammed for spend­ing US$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 last week amid the chant­ing of re­li­gious hymns by priests to ward off bad spir­its.

The 100,000-square-foot (9000-me­tre) bun­ga­low on a 9-acre plot has a movie theatre for 250 peo­ple, a con­fer­ence hall for 700 peo­ple and bul­let­proof of­fices and bath­rooms for Mr Rao and his politi­cian son.

But the grand house­warm­ing func­tion did not im­press so­cial me­dia users, who crit­i­cised Mr 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 Mr Rao’s spir­i­tual guru per­form­ing re­li­gious rit­u­als and “bless­ing” his of­fi­cial chair by briefly sit­ting on it for luck.

The politi­cian is known for favour­ing Vastu Shas­tra, an an­cient Hindu sys­tem of ar­chi­tec­ture.

Mr 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. –

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