Delhi Congress has accused AAP government ministers of “squandering” public money on foreign trips at a time the city was reeling under dengue and chikungunya. AAP government ministers made “10 foreign trips in the last 18 months” with Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Health minister Satyendra Jain making the most of the journeys abroad, Delhi Congress chief spokesperson Sharmishtha Mukherjee said, citing an RTI reply her party obtained.
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“Sisodia travelled abroad six times in the past 18 months and he has incurred an expenditure of Rs 30,73,450 on just three foreign trips– Rs 10 lakh per trip. His expenditure for travels to Athens and Finland have not been furnished, and only partial expenditure has been given for his trip to São Paulo,” she said.
“Health Minister Satyendra Jain made three foreign trips in one year, incurring an expenditure of Rs 18 lakh— Rs 6 lakh per trip,” she said reading from the RTI reply. “Not only the CM and Deputy CM, but most of the AAP Cabinet ministers were out of Delhi at a time of Dengue and Chikungunya spate leaving the people to fend for themselves,” she said.
Congress has extended its ‘Vasooli Diwas’ signature campaign– under which it seeks recovery of the money of Delhi tax payers from the ruling AAP for publishing advertisements- till October 28, she added.