Accusing the AAP government of misleading the public and going against their mandate, the party’s own MLA Pankaj Pushkar raised questions about the outfit splurging public funds on advertisements.
Instead of taking the record mandate it received as cue to reform governance, the party has been using taxpayers’ money to propagate itself and target rivals, said the Timarpur MLA.
“The party had spent around Rs 18 crore each for its campaign in the three months prior to the elections in 2013 and 2015. The campaign had included a wide range advertisements, door-to-door campaigns, rallies and meetings. So why do we now need Rs 520 crore for our own promotion?” he questioned.
Pushkar added, “This is a lie by Arvind that the media doesn’t highlight the work done by his government. If there are 20 TV channels, there may be two who are not unbiased, but the rest will always show the (government’s) honest work.”
He questioned the government’s claim that the sum was still a lot lesser than what other parties were spending. “But can that be a standard to spend and if so is it not against the ideology of the party which opposed wasting public money?”
The legislator has raised his voice against the party on many previous occasions as well. He even sided with ousted party members Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan openly.
“The party has appointed an observer in my constituency. He has been asked to sublime my powers and is encroaching on my constitutional domain. The people in constituency have been asked to boycott the MLA and go to the observer incase of any problems,” said Pushkar. He said the party stopped inviting him to meetings, and sent him messages of an intra-party boycott.
Pushkar said he would continue to raise his voice against wrong doings. “It was supposed to be a party where everyone was supposed to have a say, but now thinkers have been turned into blind followers, which was not what led to the party’s inception,” he said.
Meanwhile, AAP’s official spokesperson refused to comment.