According to an RTI reply, Delhi’s AAP Government spent nearly Rs 15 crore on advertisements in print media during the three months till May 11. That means, Rs 16 lakh a day is what the party has been spending every day for a period of 91 days.
The RTI was filed by advocate Aman Panwar of the Congress party, who was criticized for spending Rs. 23 crore in 2010 during the Commonwealth Games under the Sheila Dikshit government.
AAP’s reply to RTI although looks to be incomplete as the information regarding the expenses for radio ads, tv ads and outdoor media is missing. AAP govt has just shared their expenditure for advertisements in newspapers in their reply to RTI.
The Congress party has filed a case against the AAP Government, alleging that the party has spent a huge amount of advertising money on media blitz as they completed their first year in power.
The petition had alleged that a large number of the advertisements were published or broadcast in towns and cities across India. “These outstation ads are of no use to the Delhi taxpayers or for the residents of towns and cities like Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru etc,” the petition had said.
Meanwhile, Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken slammed the AAP government and said,”On one hand we don’t have money to pay to ‘safai karmacharis’ for salaries. On one hand we don’t have money to pay for pensions. On the other hand, they are spending more than the previous year on their self-publicity.”
It was told in The LokSabha recently that the Party spent around Rs 5 Crore in publicising the two rounds of the odd-even scheme, implemented for 15 days each in January and April respectively.
Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary said that expenditure of print media stood at Rs 1.67 crore while an amount of Rs 3.72 crore was spent to advertise the road-rationing policy on electronic media.
“As informed by the government of NCT of Delhi, the total expenditure on odd and even campaign so far is Rs 539.41 lakh (Rs 5.39 crore),” the Minister said in reply to a question.
The Opposition has branded Arvind Kejriwal’s Odd-Even scheme to be a “publicity stunt”.