Criticising Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the opposition attacked the government for allocating more funds for information and publicity or self publicity which was tantamount to corruption.
The government has apparently sanctioned Rs 500 crore to fund its radio advertisements, with the tagline ‘Jo Kaha, So Kiya’, during the current fiscal when chief minister Arvind Kejriwal will share his government’s achievement with people of Delhi, according to reports.
Defending the decision to make such expenditure on advertisements, Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia blaming the media, said “We are forced to take this step as the media failed to show the work being done by us.”
“The government has set aside over Rs 500 crore for information and publicity, while only Rs 24 crore was spent on the same last year,” said Congress leader Ajay Maken.
“The government has cut budget from other development works and is spending it on their party workers and consultants. Is it not corruption?” asked Maken .
The BJP has filed a complaint in this regard with L-G Najeeb Jung, accusing the Delhi government of overspending.
Former AAP leader Prashant Bhushan flaying the government, alleged that it’s new FM radio advertisement was contempt of court and the issue will be brought up in Supreme Court soon.
“If the advertisement is used to publicise a party, government or a political leader, is in violation of Supreme Court’s order. This is how political parties violate the spirit of the SC’s order” he said.
Meanwhile, the government has released a 70-second long ad being played on FM radio channels.
An Aam Aadmi Party rebel MLA was left sans any power supply in his office before he began to brief the media. The legislator in question is Pankaj Pushkar, one of the 67 ruling party MLAs in the Delhi Assembly.
Pushkar alleged that the power supply was cut to his office because he was part of a rebel faction within the AAP, headed by Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav. Bhushan and Yadav have accused chief minister Arvind Kejriwal of expunging dissent from all party fora.
As evidence of his claim, he said, “The AAP functions just like the political parties it has criticised. For the past two months, the CM’s residence ran up an electricity bill of Rs 1 lakh, while the AAP said bulk of the costs were incurred for sections used by Kejriwal as an at-home office space.”