New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in New Delhi spent nearly Rs 15 cr on advertisements in the print media during the 91-day period till May 11. The startling revelations were disclosed in a response to a reply to an RTI inquiry.
 
The publications which received money from the Kejriwal government for carrying the advertisements interestingly included newspapers from Kerala, Karnataka, Odisha and Tamil Nadu.
 
The Delhi government disbursed a total amount of Rs 14.45 crore for advertising excluding broadcast from February 10 to May 11, according to a reply provided to an RTI query.
 
The AAP government is being cornered by the opposition and other political parties for such rigorous advertising campaigns.
 
“On one hand, we don’t have money to pay to safai karamcharis for salary or even to pay for pension but on the other, they are spending huge amounts (for advertisements) for self publicity,” Congress Leader Ajay Maken said.
 
The Delhi government 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, the Lok Sabha was told recently.
 
Minister of state for home, Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary said that expenditure of print media stood at Rs 1.67 cr while an amount of Rs 3.72 cr was spent to advertise the road-rationing policy on electronic media.
 
The Opposition has targeted Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over the odd-even measure, enforced as an anti-pollution initiative by the AAP government, terming it as a ‘publicity stunt’.