Our elected governments are meant to serve and protect us. Their job is to make sure that we as a people, develop. Although sometimes, actually way too many times in recent years, our elected representatives have used our hard earned money to do things that are either stupid or personal!

1. Uttar Pradesh's Prashant Kumar, Additional Director General of Police reportedly spent Rs 14 lakh to shower rose petals from a chopper on kanwariyas.

Source: ANI UP

2. The Haryana government spent Rs. 3.8 lakh of public funds on 10 copies of Bhagavad Gita.

3. The Maharashtra government spent Rs. 3600 crore on a Shivaji statue in Mumbai.

Source: Hindustan Times

4. The central government spent Rs. 90,000 crore to build a bullet train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad.

Source: Hindustan Times

5. The central government spent Rs 1.37 crore of taxpayers' money for repair work at the RSS headquarters in Nagpur.

Source: Money control

6. Telangana's KC Rao government spent more than Rs. 200 crore making vaastu compliant buildings in Hyderabad.

Source: India Today

7. The central government spent Rs. 15.87 crore on SMSes on Yoga Day.

8. The Aam Aadmi Party spent Rs. 526 crore on ads.

Source: Indiatvnews

9. The Modi government spent Rs 3,755 crore on ads and publicity.

Source: Local Press Co

10. Arvind Kejriwal's electricity bill came up to Rs 1.36 lakh.

Source: The Hindu

11. Maharashtra CMO spent Rs 3.4 crore on tea in 2017-2018. That's 18,500 cups per day.

Let's see what else they could have done instead of spending that money. Umm, help with hungry kids, provide electricity to villages, make sure that no kid dies from the lack of oxygen again, among other things!