The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has put up a series of hoardings in the national capital to question the AAP-led Delhi government's expenditure on advertisement campaigns, taking a poster war between the two parties to round two.
"Why did you waste Rs 526 crore of Delhi people for your own publicity?" the BJP hoarding asks the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government.
The hoarding then lists a series of schemes that could be implemented with this amount. It says Rs 526 crore could be used to "install five lakh cameras for women's security", or "open 200 new schools or 50 new colleges", or "to launch 2000 new buses", or "to provide clean drinking water to 1,000 unauthorised colonies", or "to provide pension to five lakh families for one year", or "to help one lakh youth earn a livelihood".
Recently, the Delhi government had posted audio clips on social media slamming Delhi Police, which function under the Centre, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the law and order situation in the city-state after the murder of a 19-year-old girl.
Radio and newspaper advertisements have also been issued by the Delhi government to present its case. In the advertisements, Kejriwal appealed to PM Modi to take steps to improve Delhi's "deteriorating" law and order or hand over the police force to the city government.
After the BJP's hoarding jibe, the ruling AAP said the saffron party should let the Delhi government work, harping on the message they displayed in their posters put up a few days back.
"AAP has been working for the people of Delhi since elections. Even after the hurdles posed by different parties, AAP is working for the people. They don't know that the Delhi government has started to post guards in buses and installed CCTVs for women security," party leader Dilip Pandey said.
The fresh poster war came in the backdrop of a power tussle between chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung.
The two warring sides have a history of differences over the appointment and transfer of senior bureaucrats as well as the functioning of Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB).
The conflict stems from Delhi’s unique position as the national capital, where several important departments such as police and law and order, in addition to key agencies such as the DDA, function under the LG, who reports to the Union home ministry.