Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje seems to have landed into serious troubles due to her extravagant Gaurav Yatra. The ambitious Yatra has gained bad lights as the judiciary has taken cognizance and the Rajasthan High Court has issued notices to both government and the BJP to explain about the expenses of Yatra and how it is being conducted. It is said that the Bharatiya Janata Party has spent more than Rs 1 crore over the CM Raje’s Yatra that covered 23 assembly constituencies in Udaipur division.
The Rajasthan CM’s Yatra is supported by the state administration. The state government has also spent a lot on advertisements aimed at publicising the Yatra within this the government is also promoting its works done for the development of the state.
A lawyer had filed a public interest litigation asking about the details of expenses done during the Yatra claiming that the state machinery is being misused in the Yatra. BJP on Tuesday provided the details to the Rajasthan High Court after the court directed the party’s state unit to respond to the petition on August 10.
According to a copy of affidavit, the saffron party has spent about Rs 1.10 crore on the Vasundhra Raje’s Yatra. Among which, Rs 41.30 lakh was spent in tent houses, Rs 38.98 lakh for publicity that included banners and cut-outs, Rs 25.99 lakh for advertisements, Rs 16,000 on pen drives that was used for playing songs during Yatra and Rs 3.50 lakh in composing them. On an addition, Rs 32,568 was spent on the half-cap donned by the party workers, Rs 20,000 on masks and Rs 63,000 on saffron and green mufflers.
The BJP spent Rs 1.75 lakh on the branding of the chief minister’s rath (bus) that has been fitted with an elevator and a sunroof that allows Raje to address the public from the roof of the bus. The CM’s rath (bus) had all the luxury that was needed for a comfortable Yatra. There was an elevator and a sunroof to protect Raje from the Sun while she addressed people from the top of the bus. The petrol and diesel as well as food for the CM and those accompanying her throughout the seven-day cost around Rs 1.40 lakh.
Vasundhara Raje is scheduled to start yet another phase of her Yatra from August 24 to September 2 starting from Jaisalmer. Surrounded by controversies, it is to see, if the Rajasthan Chief Minister will be able to continue with her Yatra.