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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Long rule by the opposition parties have transformed the Municipal Corporation of Delhi into dens of corruption and misgovernance. After sweeping the State Assembly polls, the Aam Aadmi Party intends to repeat its resounding victory in municipal elections as well.

For ensuring such a remarkable feat, the party has decided to run a sustained campaign to expose BJP’s corruption and misgovernance in municipal bodies.

The Delhi State unit of the Aam Aadmi Party convened a meeting at the Constitutional Club, which saw the participation of the state and district level office bearers, along with office bearers of frontal organizations and cells.

Addressing the gathering of office bearers, Delhi State Convenor Dilip Pandey laid out an aggressive strategy of how ward-level units of the Aam Aadmi Party will swing into action to expose and corner councilors, thereby holding them accountable for their misdeeds.

“Stories of monumental corruption by the BJP will reach every household in the city”, said Pandey

National Organization Building In-Charge Durgesh Pathak, underlined the importance of smooth coordination among office bearers of various frontal organizations.

“Participation of grass-root volunteers has made Delhi unit of Aam Aadmi Party a robust organization, which stunned the country by trouncing unstoppable Narendra Modi”, stated Pathak while adding that the Delhi Aam Aadmi Party will showcase itself as a model organization for other state units.

Addressing the gathering, Delhi State Secretary and MLA from Greater Kailash Saurabh Bhardwaj underlined key roles and responsibilities of the office bearers and said that their conduct in public will make or break party’s image.

Office bearers told the state leadership that there was a very positive feeling on the ground on the main election promises fulfilled by the AAP government in Delhi.

 

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  • mrankitanks .

    As long as hospitals, cleanliness, and other vital MCD departments (including important electricity supply related departments) are under BJP, people of delhi will suffer due to corruption, inefficiency, and conflicting interests of center with state government.

  • Concerned World Citizen

    The Absurdity of this Anti Corruption Party is the fact that they mention only BJP after the word Corruption, as if the Vatican has anointed Sonia Maino as the next Saint from India, No Wonder any or all opportunities to form a front involves unquestioning support from CONgress…This party is nothing but a platform created to break India into smaller states and finalize Radicalization of the subcontinent.

  • rachna

    Delhi people need to use some discretion and wisdom before voting again in Muncipality polls.

  • mrankitanks .

    As long as hospitals, cleanliness, and other vital MCD departments (including important electricity supply related departments) are under BJP, people of delhi will suffer due to corruption, inefficiency, and conflicting interests of center with state government.

  • Concerned World Citizen

    The Absurdity of this Anti Corruption Party is the fact that they mention only BJP after the word Corruption, as if the Vatican has anointed Sonia Maino as the next Saint from India, No Wonder any or all opportunities to form a front involves unquestioning support from CONgress…This party is nothing but a platform created to break India into smaller states and finalize Radicalization of the subcontinent.

  • rachna

    Delhi people need to use some discretion and wisdom before voting again in Muncipality polls.

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AAP’S Media Spend Is Four Times That Of Previous Government: RTI Reply

A 2017 Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report found that the Delhi government had spent 86 percent of the total budget for its media campaign celebrating the completion of AAP's one year in power in 2016

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Picture of Arvind Kejriwal addressing a rally. Wikimedia Commons
  • The average annual expenditure of the AAP government on advertisements from April 2015 to December 2017 was Rs 70.5 crore
  • The AAP government’s spending on advertisements increased by about 300 percent compared to the Congress government
  • A 2017 Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report found that the Delhi government had spent 86 percent of the total budget for its media campaign celebrating the completion of AAP’s one year in power in 2016

The AAP government has spent an average of Rs 70.5 crore annually in the past three years on advertisements — four times more than the previous government’s expenditure on print, electronic and outdoor advertising, according to an RTI reply.

In the first year after assuming office in February 2015, the current government spent Rs 59.9 crore on advertisements, Rs 66.3 crore the next year and Rs 85.3 crore up to December 31, 2017, the Directorate of Information and Publicity (DIP) said in reply to an RTI application by IANS.

The average annual expenditure of the AAP government on advertisements from April 2015 to December 2017 was Rs 70.5 crore. The Congress’ average was Rs 17.4 crore in the last five years of its rule (2008-2013).

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According to the DIP, the expenditure includes, among others, advertisements with photos of the Chief Minister and other ministers in newspapers and hoardings, commercial spots on TV and radio, and tender notices published in newspapers.

For instance, when the AAP government completed its first and second anniversary in 2016 and 2017, leading newspapers in the capital carried full-page advertisements, highlighting the achievements of the government.

The Delhi government approached the High Court and the matter is currently pending there. Wikimedia Commons
The Delhi government approached the High Court and the matter is currently pending there. Wikimedia Commons

In the run-up to celebrating its three years in office, the government in the first two weeks of February carried advertisements flashing pictures of the Chief Minister or other ministers. The highlights included the inauguration of community toilets, excellence awards distribution for students, a government meeting on “smart gaon”, and invitation of applications for scholarship schemes.

The AAP government’s spending on advertisements increased by about 300 percent compared to the Congress government.

Also Read: Blow for Kejriwal: EC recommends disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs

But the average advertisement rate charged by a leading English newspaper, comparing the Congress government and AAP government periods, has increased by about 17 percent, according to DAVP.

For the same period, the average rate charged by another leading English newspaper has increased by about 35 percent.

A 2017 Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report found that the Delhi government had spent 86 percent of the total budget for its media campaign celebrating the completion of AAP’s one year in power in 2016.

According to the DIP, the expenditure includes, among others, advertisements with photos of the Chief Minister and other ministers in newspapers and hoardings, commercial spots on TV and radio, and tender notices published in newspapers. Wikimedia Commons
According to the DIP, the expenditure includes, among others, advertisements with photos of the Chief Minister and other ministers in newspapers and hoardings, commercial spots on TV and radio, and tender notices published in newspapers. Wikimedia Commons

The auditor pulled up the government for using the name of the party in the advertisements.

Last year, the government came under an opposition attack after Lt. Governor Anil Baijal asked the AAP to cough up Rs 97 crore spent on advertisements, allegedly to promote the party instead of the government. The LG order was based on a report by the Committee on Content Regulation in Government Advertising (CCRGA).

Also Read: 5 Years of AAP: How Society Has Been Backstabbed by ChandaChor Kejriwal

The regulatory authority asked the Delhi government to assess the expenditure in issuing “those advertisements/advertorials in which the name of the Aam Aadmi Party is mentioned” and other factors.

The Delhi government approached the High Court and the matter is currently pending there.

Delhi government spokesperson Nagendar Sharma said he has “no comments” to offer on the increase in expenditure.

The auditor pulled up the government for using the name of the party in the advertisements. Wikimedia Commons
The auditor pulled up the government for using the name of the party in the advertisements. Wikimedia Commons

Delhi Congress President Ajay Maken said: “They (AAP) are using the power of advertisements to put pressure on TV (channels) and newspapers. They are doing it ruthlessly”.

BJP MLA and Delhi Assembly Leader of Opposition Vijender Gupta termed the government’s spending on advertisements as “irrational”. “Misuse of public money in this way is completely unjustified and unethical,” Gupta told IANS. (IANS)