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CAG report on ad spend: BJP wants CBI probe, says Delhi Assembly misled

Gupta, who is the leader of opposition, said he will approach both the Delhi Lokayukta and the CBI to “file a case” against the AAP government.

For the second consecutive day, BJP MLA Vijender Gupta raised a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), on the AAP government’s expenditure on publicity campaigns, in the Delhi Assembly Thursday.

Gupta, who is the leader of opposition, said he will approach both the Delhi Lokayukta and the CBI to “file a case” against the AAP government.

Accusing the government of “illegally spending crores on misleading ads”, the BJP leader sought strict legal action. He also accused Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia — who had said he was unaware of any such report — of “lying” in the assembly.

Referring to a statement by B S Chauhan, media advisor to the CAG — on the audit report being submitted to the principal secretary, finance, on August 22 — Gupta urged Speaker Ram Niwas Goel to “punish” Sisodia.

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“The Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi misled the House on August 24, when he said he has not received the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, whereas the government had received this report two days ago. Sisodia has committed contempt of House by making a wrong statement. The Speaker should punish him,” said Gupta.

He added, “The CAG, in the report, has brought out violation of basic principles of expenditure of public money and of directions of the Supreme Court of India.”

The BJP leader said he had also written to the President over “unparliamentary language” used by Sisodia. Gupta said he has sought directions — to the Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister, other ministers and legislators — to use “civilised and parliamentary language in the future, keeping in mind Indian culture, dignity and decorum of parliamentary institutions.”

Meanwhile, a discussion on “police atrocities” against AAP MLAs and the raid on the office of Delhi Commission for Women chairperson Swati Maliwal will be held in the Assembly Friday. BJP MLAs will also bring in a motion, referring to the recent Delhi High Court order, and demand that the government introduce Bills and ordinances that were passed without the Lieutenant Governor’s approval again.

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