Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s fad for vaastu, astrology and numerology is well-known in the state, but he is now forcing his obsession on government policy and projects which is taking a toll on the state exchequer.
Rao, who after taking over as CM changed his official convoy to a fleet of new, luxurious white cars to suit his preferred colour, went a step further on Friday and decided to abandon the secretariat complex as it “has dangerous vaastu dosham” which the CM says won’t bode well for the state.
According to the government, the new secretariat would be built 7-km away from the present spot at a cost of Rs. 150 crore, but analysts say it will cost a lot more.
Rao is also keen on moving out of his current official residence to a building tuned to vaastu.
“Government buildings are built on need, not based on the whims of a CM. What if tomorrow some other CM decides the buildings would not suit his stars?” a senior official questioned.
The cabinet decision on Friday was so impulsive that the government has no idea what to do with the present secretariat.
Some attribute the actual reason behind the shift to the CM’s grand plan of a Manhattan-like skyline around the Hussainsagar Lake, adjacent to the secretariat.
“If he wants to hand over prime property to real-estate interests, let him say so,” one analyst said.
The opposition has slammed Rao’s decisions as based on his whims and is planning protests.
Rao has also decided to visit holy places across the twin Telugu states like Tirupati to donate ornaments worth crores of rupees as his statehood wish was granted.
And while Rao drains the public money for his fancies, farmer suicides have increased in the state with many victims kin still awaiting the state aid of Rs. 1.5 lakh.