UP CM prefers Land Cruiser to Amby
The state cabinet has approved the Rs 40 million purchase of eight bulletproof vehicles for Mulayam's fleet.india Updated: Apr 19, 2006 18:53 IST
For a man who likes to flaunt his socialist leanings, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav is fast acquiring the trappings of a luxurious life -- his government has now cleared the purchase of eight Toyota Land Cruisers for his use.
The state cabinet has approved the Rs 40 million purchase of eight bulletproof vehicles for Yadav's fleet -- each Land Cruiser costs Rs 6.6 million.
The purchase of the Land Cruisers comes close on the heels of Yadav's fad for Rolex watches and other trimmings of a luxurious life.
Officials say the chief minister is entitled to bulletproof vehicles because of his Z-Plus category security cover.
In an apparent balancing act, Yadav has also ensured clearance for the purchase of 150 air-conditioned Ambassador cars and 150 Maruti Gypsys for his council of ministers and others holding equally important offices.
The Ambassadors will be used by the ministers while the Gypsy vehicles are meant for their police guards.
Each Ambassador is priced at Rs 550,000 and Gypsy costs about Rs 400,000, leaving the state exchequer with a hefty bill of Rs 140 million.