I&B Ministry Orders AAP to Reimburse Entire Amount Spent on Ads

Ink was thrown at Manish Sisodia in New Delhi on Monday. ANI

Ink was thrown at Manish Sisodia in New Delhi on Monday. ANI

He also urged the central government to immediately deploy doctors and paramedical staff of army and paramilitary forces at Delhi hospitals and dispensaries, and provide free check up and treatment facilities to people suffering from these diseases.

Addressing a press conference here, Congress Delhi Chief Ajay Maken said that the amount being used for advertising under the AAP government's tenure in Delhi has increased 14.5 times as compared to previous governments.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) demanded the amount of Rs 18.64 crore be recovered from AAP leaders.

Previous governments worked within the constraints imposed by Delhi's peculiar hybrid status that make it neither a full-fledged Union territory nor a State.

Meanwhile, Delhi Home Minister Satyendar Jain on Saturday claimed the AAP government has "not violated" any guideline of the Supreme Court on advertisements while he accused the BJP-led MCDs of spending money meant for dengue and chikungunya awareness on "self-glorification".

Congress Party and its workers observed "Bhagoda Divas" in Delhi, protesting against the absence of Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal, Deputy Chief minister Manish Sisodia and his ministers from the national capital.

As per the Supreme Court order of May 13, 2015, advertisements by state governments should not be "outside its boundaries", but it should be for attracting investment, business and talent to the state.

Bereft of any alternative political vision except empty grandiloquent rhetoric, the AAP is looking like a sole proprietorship political party that has neither the organisational reach and base nor the leadership material needed to rule any State.

Arvind Kejriwal in the centre.

Welcoming the panel's order, Maken said that while the Chief Minister says that he does not even have the power to buy a pen, the order of the committee proves that in the last 18 months, Kejriwal has "blown up more than Rs 100 crore" of government money for personal and political activities of the AAP. He also said that Kejriwal should answer from where he gets the money to release advertisements in the media about his work done in Delhi.

"How can you use funds meant for Delhi in other states", he asked, adding that the Kejriwal regime had given a number of advertisements in other states trying to fulfil his political agenda.

The panel has directed the Delhi Government to assess expenditure incurred by it in issuing advertisements outside the territory of Delhi on the occasion of various anniversaries (except those tender or appointment advertisements which are outside the purview of the Supreme Court laid guidelines in a judgement delivered in May 2015). "The Delhi government will approach the Supreme Court and explain its stand", he added. One of the BJP mayors is also on a foreign tour.

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