Two headlines from today’s newspapers highlighting the excesses of Union ministers S.M. Krishna and Shashi Tharoor. The one above from the Indian Express, Delhi. The one below from DNA, Bombay.
The operative paragraph for former Karnataka chief minister and current Union external affairs minister with declared assets of Rs 18 crore:
“It’s learnt Krishna is checked in at the Maurya‘s presidential suite on the 16th floor. The sutie’s tariff, hotel staff said, is “on request”. In other words, there’s no declared tariff for the four presidential suites in the hotel which have had guests like US President George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Industry insiders say the room tariff is in the range of Rs 1 lakh plus per night although ‘it can be negotiated’.”
Wrote exactly on this topic for my company’s intranet this morning ! glad to see this being echoed on my fav blog
# Here’s how Pranab Mukherjee has reacted to Ind Exp story
” Pranab asks Krishna, Tharoor to leave five star suites, move to state bhawans: report”
Height of Austerity.
I think adverse publicity will ensure the ministers to vacate the 5 star dwellings.
Subramanyaswamy from TN should come to the rescue of the tax payers. Only he can do it. All politicians are hegna’s as for as public money is concerned. We had high hopes about Krishna, he is like his name not like Rama!
if he is paying from his own pocket, what is the problem?
why not lease out that bungalows at market rate to anyone willing to pay and reduce the burden on tax payers like me? isn’t that austerity?
It’s not because he has paid from his own pocket that is the problem. The problem is about the fare, “‘it can be negotiated’”. It can be negotiated for what?
complex, the price charged is between the hotel and the customer. If he stays in a suite on long term basis, everything becomes negotiable.
already, krishna vs. kharge seems to have started.
quoting from mid-day (bangalore) of 09-09-09.
“Krishna has now moved to Room 13 at the Foreign Service Institute, where he need not pay any rent. The number is considered unlucky by many.
“In contrast, Union Labour Minister Mallikarjuna Khrage, also from Karnataka, is staying at the simple but comfortable Karnataka Bhavan.
“A source close to Kharge said, “Kharge never yearns for luxury rooms at five star hotels.””