Telugu Desam Party supremo and chief minister Chandrababu Naidu had successfully made his day-long protest purely a political event. Drawing a few crore of rupees from the State exchequer, Chandrababu Naidu had used it to draw political score for his party ahead of the elections. He is accused of spending a little more than Rs 10 crore for event from the State coffers. While he could not get even a single rupee extra from the Central government to the State, the event would help him reap political benefits in the impending elections as the show as purely a political one with leaders of various non-Bharatiya Janata Party groups joining him.
The chief minister had been drawing government funds for his political activities right from the day one he was elected in 2014. He made the government spend huge money on the repairs to the Secretariat and Assembly buildings, guest house allocated to the State in Hyderabad. The expenditure was a few crore of rupees then.
Later, for his swearing-in ceremony, he made the government spend a huge money for the arrangements and he claimed that the lavish spending was to instil confidence in the people in the post-bifurcation. Later, when he moved back to Vijayawada, he had spent some money on renovation of buildings in Vijayawada for his camp office and the offices for senior officials including the DGP.
Then he moved on to Undavalli where he made the government spend several crore of rupees in the name of ground breaking (Bhoomi Pooja), foundation laying and thanks giving to farmers and many others. There was not a single event which had seen the State exchequer spending in lakhs. It had always been in dozens of crore of rupees. Be it the CII meets, his foreign tours, foreign delegates visit to the State, Collectors’ Conferences, the expenditure was in crores of rupees emptying the exchequer.
Just two months to go for the next election, Chandrababu Naidu had made the State government spend funds from its exchequer for his political meeting in Delhi, where he shared the dais with the non-BJP leaders. Though he claimed it as a government protest, it was purely TDP protest against the BJP. Now the big question is will people accept his claims or brush him aside for this extravagant spending!?