Loot unites Chattisgargh’s MLAs from BJP to Congress

Chattisgargh is a state wracked by Maoist insurgency that is rooted in its lack of roads, irrigation, food and other basic needs. It has been under BJP’s Raman Singh’s rule since 2003, and was preceded by Congress’ rule.

A recent RTI query revealed that public money meant for development was instead spent on refrigerators, microwave ovens, dinner sets and washing machines for its MLAs — in violation of its own rules. Hundreds of gifts purchased by various Chhattisgarh government departments were given to legislators from all parties, ruling BJP to opposition Congress. So, there are no protests. These details came to light when Raipur resident Sanjay Singh shared with Hindustan Times the information he received under the Right to Information Act. It isn’t clear how much money has been spent over the years. Four departments replied to RTI queries, at least five others did not. Read more here.

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