With Karnataka Assembly elections around the corner, Bengaluru's Municipal Corporation -- Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) -- presented its annual budget for 2018-19 on Wednesday. As the city continues to tackle garbage crisis, foaming lake, potholes, arrears in salary payment of sanitary workers, among other civic issues, the politicians decided to splurge on themselves and VVIPs.
“The bungalow is for future mayors to not waste time commuting in traffic and tablets are for the BBMP to go digital.”
This splurge on the political class comes amidst protests by sanitary workers over non-payment, citizens struggling with potholes in Bengaluru, and Bellandur Lake foaming and fuming regularly.
Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader in the civic council Padmanabha Reddy said the budget "betrayed" the citizens.
"There are no new schemes in the budget, it can't even be called old wine in a new bottle," Reddy lamented.
Sampath Raj of the Congress, Deputy Mayor Padmavathi Narasimhamurthy of the Janata-Dal-Secular (JD-S), which is a coalition partner in the ruling civic body, and BBMP Commissioner N. Manjunath Prasad were present in the civic body council hall during the budget presentation.