Arvind Kejriwal government splurged a hefty 33.4 crores single ad campaign. In a scathing report that raises several questions about the Aam Aadmi Party government’s publicity blitz in its first year in power.
The government auditor CAG has presented a scathing report of 55-page to NDTV which has further raised several questions about AAP government publicity blitz. The said auditor also accused the Delhi government of using public money on ads that promote the party rather than focusing on government. Referring to ad that showed a person waving a broom, AAP’s election symbol, and said they referred to “AAP ki Sarkar,” which publicized the party not the government.
The CAG report also says that of the 526 crores that the AAP government spent on ads, it is unable to give details on expenditure of more than 100 crores.
It spent over 70 lakhs on ads attempting to discredit the central government by blaming it for Delhi’s deteriorating law and order, the report says.
The auditor has questioned claims made by the Kejriwal government in its ads, like when it said it had completed three bridges in the capital on time, spending less than the budgeted 350 crores.
In the Delhi assembly session, AAP and the BJP sparred with the latter accusing the ruling party of “unconstitutionally hiding” the report “which exposes wastage of public money” on publicizing blitz of aap party, claiming that it would demand a CBI investigation.
To which Delhi’s Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said “The government has not received CAG report yet; we have nothing to hide, will table report on the floor of the assembly.”