Right To Inflation? Two Different Answers On The Cost Incurred At Uddhav Thackeray's Swearing-In Ceremony

In an RTI filed by activists, they got two different answers from the same RTI officer about the cost incurred at Uddhav Thackeray's swearing-in ceremony.

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An evident disparity has been noticed in the amount spent at Uddhav Thackeray's swearing-in ceremony. In a response to a Right To Information (RTI) filed by activist Anil Galgali from Andheri, RTI officer R.G. Gaikwad stated that ₹2.79 crores had been spent on the swearing-in ceremony of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government.  

Interestingly, the same RTI officer, in another response, has said that the expense was ₹4.63 crores. This RTI was filed by Sion resident Ajay Bose. Talking about the same, Galgali stated that when the government department has not tabulated the figures properly, then why are they issuing confusing figures under RTI? The concerned heads must take strong action against the irresponsible officer providing misleading figures with such huge discrepancies. 

Notably, in 2014, Former Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis' swearing-in ceremony at Wankhede Stadium had incurred a cost of ₹98 lakhs. 

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For the grand swearing-in of Uddhav Thackeray as the Chief Minister, a stage resembling Shaniwarwada fort in Pune was set up.  A statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj had also been placed on the stage.

He is the first member of the Thackeray family to have become the Chief Minister of Maharashtra. Apart from Thackeray, six members of the Maha Aghadi Alliance too were sworn in as ministers. These included Eknath Shinde (Shiv Sena), Subhash Desai (Shiv Sena), Jayant Patil (NCP), Chhagan Bhujbal ( NCP), Balasaheb Thorat (Congress) and Nitin Raut ( Congress). 

The swearing-in ceremony was attended by thousands of party workers from Shiv-Sena, Congress and NCP. Even Save Aarey activist made their presence felt at this mega event. NCP chief Sharad Pawar, senior Congress leaders Ahmed Patel and Mallikarjun Kharge, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, Devendra Fadnavis, Ajit Pawar and his cousin and MP Supriya Sule,  DMK leader MK Stalin attended the mega event.

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