Mumbai, Oct 24: Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’ name has propped in a fresh scandal which could malign his clean image. Replying to a Right to Information (RTI) query, the Chief Minister Office revealed that Fadnavis had sanctioned Rs 8 lakh for sending a dance troupe to Bangkok. The amount was spent from CM relief fund which is ideally meant to be used for the needy section of the society at pressing times.

The RTI plea was filed by activist Anil Galgani. Calling it a blatant misuse of power, he said: “The most sad part is that the chief minister himself sanctioned the amount from the relief fund. I urge the chief minister to spend that amount for those who are dying across the state. Farmers are distressed and committing suicides in drought-prone regions. In such a scenario, why is he spending relief fund on sending dance troupe to Bangkok?”

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However, BJP was quick to retaliate and alleged that the RTI activist has malicious intention. “This government is most committed for farmers. When we are working so hard, there are people who want to malign our image and manipulate the people. Such things (expenditure of Rs 8 lakh) needs to be done when you are in government,” said state Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar.

Opposition party Congress was quick to cease the opportunity to attack the Maharashtra government. “At a time when farmers are dying, and 49 per cent of the state is under drought, is there a need to spend such amount on sending dance troupe. Even if it has to be done, there is a cultural department. The relief fund needs to be used to address the issues of farmers in the drought prone regions,” said Congress leader Rashid Alvi.