In a plea before the Delhi High Court, Congress leader Ajay Maken has claimed that the AAP government is “wasting public funds” with its publicity campaign. Maken approached the HC a day after the Supreme Court refused to hear his plea and urged him to take the matter to the High Court.
In his plea, Maken claims that the AAP ad campaign — comprising radio, TV and print ads — violates the Governmental Advertising (Content Regulation) Guidelines, 2014, set by the Supreme Court. “The AAP government had increased their ad budget in a decision taken on June 25. The figure of Rs 526 crore is 21 times more than the previous budgetary allocation of Rs 23.7 crore in the year 2014-15,” stated Aman Panwar, who filed the plea on behalf of Maken.
“This unprecedented expansion of Rs 500 crore in the publicity budget could have been well spent by Respondent No. 2 for building — 100 schools (building cost of one school being Rs 5 crore approx.), purchasing 1,000 DTC buses (cost of one bus being Rs 50 lakh approx), building 10,000 flats for the EWS category (cost of 1 EWS category flat being Rs. 5 Lakhs approx.) and other public welfare and development purposes,” states the plea.
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The Congress leader has also argued that via the “aggressive political PR campaign”, the AAP government is “misusing public funds”.