New Delhi, August 10: Rs 42 lakh of taxpayers money has reportedly been spent by Karnataka Government to accommodate opposition leaders who had assembled on May 23 for the swearing-in ceremony of Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy.

A Bangalore Mirror report said that Rs 8, 72,485 was spent on the hospitality of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, while Rs 1,87, 287 went in the hospitality of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. The bill included in-room dining, food/juices of Rs 71,025 and 5,000 for beverages, the report stated.

The report also said that Rs 37, 53,536 was spent by Karnataka’s State Hospitality Organisation to provide accommodation and food to leaders. It must be noted that the opposition leaders who attended the swearing-in ceremony stayed at two five star hotels, namely Taj West End and Shangri La, in Bengaluru on May 23 and 24. Further, Rs 4, 35, 001 was spent on on hi-tea buffet organized at Vidhana Soudha Banquet Hall on May 23.

Notably, among the prominent political leaders present on the huge dais were Congress president Rahul Gandhi, his mother and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, JD(S) patriarch H D Deve Gowda, BSP supremo Mayawati, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav, expelled Janata Dal-United president Sharad Yadav and Communist Party of India-Marxist General Secretary Sitaram Yechury.

Karnataka Elections

Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala invited Kumaraswamy to form the coalition government after the fall of the three-day BJP government as its Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa resigned before the trust vote as his party fell seven short of the 111-halfway mark majority in a hung house.