AAP Has To Pay 97 Crore For Its Controversial Ad Blitz, Says Lieutenant Governor
New Delhi: Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party has been asked to pay a hefty Rs 97 crore for advertisements projecting Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and the party in violation of the guidelines of the Supreme Court. The order from Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal came months after the top auditor body, the Comptroller and Auditor General, said a chunk of the government’s 526 crore publicity blitz had been used to promote the party and not the government.
Besides asking the Chief Secretary to recover the money, the Lieutenant Governor has also ordered an inquiry into the matter.
The accusation of misuse of tax-payers’ money against AAP came a year after it swept the assembly elections in Delhi. In May last year, the Congress alleged that the new government had spent Rs 100 crore for self-promotion within three months. Citing an RTI, the Congress had said Mr Kejriwal could have used the money for buying “200 new DTC buses, 2,000 flats for the Extremely Weaker Section and 20 government schools with this money”.
Later, a complaint was filed in this regard by senior Congress leader Ajay Maken to the special three-member committee appointed by the Information and Broadcasting ministry.