Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot questions wasteful spending during BJP regime, indicates inquiry
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has questioned wasteful spending during the regime of previous Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government and indicated that he might order an inquiry into such cases.
Gehlot, on the one hand, said he held no vengeance against any project or policy of the previous government but on the other questioned BJP government for spending more than Rs 300 crores on Bhamashah cards on which party's symbol with a picture of Vasundhara Raje were printed. Raje was then chief minister of Rajasthan.
He said his government had spent Rs 80 crore in distributing free laptops, but BJP spent Rs 250 crore but unfortunately added inbuilt software in which Raje's picture pops up on the screen the moment the laptop is opened.
He said such actions were uncalled for and has cost the state a lot. Earlier, Congress government has accused the BJP of paying crores of rupees extra to get bicycles for students painted in saffron colour.
Gehlot said it was good to have a data centre Bhamashah in Jaipur but wondered if it was worth to spend Rs 500 crore when it was of little usage. "Nobody knows when it will put to full use," he said.
Then he questioned spending on Resurgent Rajasthan in which government spent crores without tenders, and very few projects materialized in the end. He said he would like to hold an inquiry into such spending which was of no use to the state.
Gehlot also expressed surprised over Raje handing over a private agency the travel and stay arrangements of state chief ministers, ministers, and officials abroad. He said he has never heard about such activities outsourced in this manner without following any protocol.
However, some bureaucrats who sanctioned such expenses during BJP tenure continue to hold important positions even now.