Tuesday, December 18, 2012

‘Modi’s mayajaal is wasteful’

Chief minister Narendra Modi’s hi-tech 3D campaign extravaganza is under attack from the BJP’s rival parties which are accusing him of wasteful expenditure. The Congress, in fact, has decided to move the Election Commission for a probe into the BJP’s source of funding.
“This extravaganza could have been avoided. The cost for each projection is more than Rs5 crore, and the BJP plans to use it in every constituency. We will request the Election Commission to probe the source of funding for such an extravaganza,” said Gujarat Congress president Arjun Modhwadia.
Modhwadia added that the Rs500 crore ‘extorted’ by the BJP from citizens through its ‘Dhan Sangrah’ campaign is being used for the 3D extravaganza.
Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP) leader Gordhan Zadaphia also came down heavily on Modi, saying the money being spent on Modi’s publicity can be put to much better use.
“The money can be used to help farmers who are committing suicide in the state. It can be used to provide better healthcare in rural areas. But this CM is only interested in such gimmicks,” Zadaphia said. He asked the BJP to come clean by revealing the source of the funds and the money being spent on the 3D events. 
Former chief minister and Modi’s bete noire Keshubhai Patel had claimed at a public meeting in Rajkot on Sunday that each public meeting with the chief minister’s 3D avatar cost $1 million (Rs5.50 crore).
On Sunday evening, Modi addressed simultaneous public meetings at Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Vadodara and Surat where a lifelike Modi was created using 3D holographic projection. However, the event was marred by technical glitches. (With agency inputs)