New Delhi, Aug 1: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has put up a series of hoardings questioning the Delhi government’s expenditure on its advertisement campaign.
The hoarding asks why the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government spent Rs 526 crore on the campaign when the money fund could be utilised to put up five lakh cameras for women’s security. The AAP government has however refused to comment on the expenditures.
The BJP has also asked Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to come forward to reveal about his advertisement expenditures to Delhi’s public.
BJP’s Delhi unit chief Satish Upadhyay said: “We have been telling this from the starting that the governments publicize themselves, but that’s not the question. The way advertisement’s budget was nearly 23 crore only in yesteryear. Sheila Dixit’s government was there. She also used to spend around 10-12-15 crore yearly.”
Upadhyay said: “The way they (AAP) have spent advertisement budget of 526 crore rupees on self, Delhi’s public surely wants to ask that in this 526 crore, they could have installed 5 lakh cameras, women security could have been bettered, 200 new schools and 50 new colleges could have been opened for students’ brighter future. But advertisement will not make their future as you are just advertising just for yourselves.”
He further said that there has been no change in the situation of many colonies in the capital since the time the Congress was in power.
The BJP’s Delhi unit chief said: “You could have brought 2000 new buses, AC buses in Delhi and you could have solved Delhi’s traffic problem, but you paid no heed to them.”
“You could have looked after the 1,000 unauthorized colonies, where there are electricity and water problems. From Congress’ time till now there has been no development work in these colonies,” Upadhyay suggested.
“You could have given 1 year pension to 5 lakh people. Delhi’s youngsters were looking up to you to as you had promised WiFi to them and could have given employment to 1-2 lakh people. You could have used this money for development. But you didn’t do any of these,” he further pointed out.
Upadhyay also used this occasion to slam Kejriwal for politicizing former president A. P. J. Abdul Kalam’s sudden demise.
(With Agency Inputs)