Congress forgot austerity, spent crores on ads: BJP

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Jaipur:  BJP accused Congress of forgetting austerity and spending huge sums of money on the Panchayati Raj Golden Jubilee celebrations attended by party president Sonia Gandhi in Nagaur district in Rajasthan on Saturday.

"The government forgot to maintain austerity measures and crores of rupees were spent for the event yesterday. Advertisements were published in several newspapers just to please the party president," state BJP chief Arun Chaturvedi said.

Many people, including labourers benefiting under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) scheme, were brought in buses to the venue at government expenditure, he claimed.

He also alleged that government machinery was misused in organising the event where no one from the BJP was invited. "No public representative of the BJP received any formal invitation for the function which shows that it was completely a Congress function organized by the party-ruled state government misusing official machinery," he alleged.

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