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Kejriwal is the century’s biggest deceiver of trust: Sunil Lal

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“Arvind Is The Century’s Biggest Deceiver Of Trust”, Says Sunil Lal, a former AAP member and the designer of the revoked AAP Logotype, in an OPEN LETTER to Arvind, when he is chest thumping aloud of his achievement on completion of one year of rule in Delhi.

Lal says that Kejriwal deceived the nation by using patriotism of lakhs of Anna Andolan volunteers (who had selflessly rallied behind him since 2011 to demand Janlokpal bill) into creating a political outfit that was flood opened to swindlers and corrupt elements invited from other parties. He even conspired and threw some senior founder members out of the party who had objected to his autocratic working style to garner the power by hook or by crook.

Lal has demanded to clear the air whether Kejriwal was working as the B team of BJP during Anna Andolan in 2012 when he had performed his last indefinite fast (of his career) against the alleged 15 Corrupt Ministers to give benefit to the BJP win election (including then Finance Minister Pranav Mukherjee elected to be the President of India on 25th July 2012 the day you sat on the fast).

In the same breath, Lal alleges that Kejriwal is now working as B team of Congress as exemplified by his incessant attack on BJP and giving a clean chit to Sheila Dixit, the former Chief Minister against whom he had filed 370 paged complaints with the police in 2012 with Baba Ramdev.

Launching a frontal attack on Arvind Kejriwal, Sunil Lal says that Aam Aadmi Party ( AAP) party is just another conglomerate of the  corrupt using all the tricks in his sleeves to raise black money from unknown sources although they tend to project themselves as the Champion of Alternative Politics. Lal notes that AAP’s plank of using clean money is deflated now.

Citing grave anomalies of AAP’s claim of clean money, he raised the serious questions, on the basis of data available on the website of AAP and Election Commission of India, which his three-member team of volunteers consisting of  Mr Neil Terrance Haslam, Harsh and Rajpreet has dug out. Lal alleges that:

  1. Donations not reported to Election Commission. Total 932. Total Amount 14 crore 60 lakh.
  2. Total 70 donations above 10 Lakh. These were to be scrutinized and accepted by PAC. Out of these 70 donations, 26 (37%) donations amounting to 6 crores plus were not reported to Election Commission. PAC is directly responsible for these 26 donations.
  3. Bennami entries – total number 129. total amounts rupees 1 crore 9 lakh. These entries lack name, address, cheque number and PAN.
  4. Four fake pan cards in the year 2013-14, 40 fake pan cards in 2014-15. The cited number during the year 2014-15 is on a random check. There could be more.

In his letter Lal alleges that how come the VAT department under his very nose is deep neck in corruption working in the same style where the businessmen are regularly being harassed to extract the bribe. Why being a champion of Anti-corruption Kejriwal has not taken any proactive steps to reform the system of VAT Department’s working?

Citing Kejriwal as a salaried man, Lal claims that the stature of selfless volunteers across India who work for the society spending their own time and money should not be seen less than him in any manner.

NewsGram tried to contact KK Sevada, National Treasurer of Aam Aadmi Party to talk about the allegations made by Sunil Lal but he could not be reached.

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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)