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AAPs second anniversary celebrations: Kejriwal's lavish buffet at Taj costs Rs 12,000-a-thali
To celebrate his party's second year in power, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal threw a lavish 12,000-Rupee-a-thali party at the Taj Palace hotel in New Delhi.

Kejriwal's buffet was reportedly even more expensive than the Prime Minister and Presidential ceremony buffet. Legally speaking, according to a report published on NewsX, there is a cap of Rs 2,500 per plate of the official buffet menu.

This was also the budget for the 2-day party organised earlier this year on February 11-12 at the CM's residence which was attended by AAP MLAs and and ministers. The arrangements for this gathering had been made by Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC).

AAP has reportedly exceeded the allowed budget of Rs 4.5 lakh by Rs 9.9 lakh. The Aam Aadmi party negotiated heavily with Taj who gave a discounted deal at Rs 9.9 lakh from the original bill of Rs 11.04 lakh, for two days of lunch.

Even five-star hotels like Le Meridien and Ashoka charge somewhere between Rs 2,500 to Rs 3,000 per head for organizing government dinners.

It was reported last month that Mr Kejriwal and his six-member cabinet had spent over a crore on tea and snacks in entertaining guest in the last 18 months. As per an RTI enquiry, Mr Kejriwal alone spent Rs 22,42,320 (secretariat office) and Rs 24,86,921(residence camp office).

It is mind boggling why Arvind Kejriwal had to choose one of the most expensive caterers in the city for his celebrations. Can an aam aadmi of our country afford to dine so lavishly in plush five-star hotels? It seems that the Aam Aadmi Party practices the reverse of what it preaches to others.

It is a complete misuse of public money, abuse of unlimited power and a clear violation of norms established under the system.

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