The Arvind Kejriwal-led party on Tuesday announced that it was reaching out to Delhiites through SMS/calls/website to know if the party should form government with Congress support.Read: Govt plays along, to hold off Prez rule till AAP decidesOmesh Saigal, former chief secretary of Delhi, in a letter to Kejriwal, pointed out that even if one SMS/phone call costs just Rs. 1, the amount that may seem small can total to Rs. 1 crore. “Is it justified to ask people to spend so much money so that you can take a decision?” asked Saigal, who is also an alumnus of IIT Kharagpur, Kejriwal’s alma mater.
Dilip Pandey, AAP’s Delhi official, admitted the number indeed is a Mumbai number and said this was the party’s old long code (number used for such facilities). He dismissed this cost as “minor” to bring in a good government compared with the toll taken by a corrupt government. Read: Experts question accuracy of Kejriwal’s referendum on govt formation“But we are putting in place two numbers for people to express their opinion - one each for yes and no - through a ‘missed call’,” Pandey said.