Kejriwal’s AAP targets Modi govt over ad spending on 2nd anniversary

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 26, 2016 12:42 IST
In this file photo, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal can be seen addressing a press conference at the Delhi Secretariat. (PTI)

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday criticised the Narendra Modi-led central government over its expenditure on advertisements to mark its two-year anniversary.

Ashutosh, a member of Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), too questioned the Centre over the money spent for publicity.

The AAP had faced criticism after a Right To Information (RTI) reply recently revealed that its government spent about Rs 15 crore on advertisements in the print media during the 91-day period till May 11.

The publications that received money from the Kejriwal government for carrying the advertisements included dailies from Kerala, Karnataka, Odisha and Tamil Nadu.

The Delhi government allocated Rs 200 crore as information and publicity budget for financial year 2016-17, even as political rivals accused it of ‘wasting’ public money for self-promotion through advertisements in different mediums.

Kejriwal, bitter critic of Modi, had targeted him on host of recent issues and even alleged that the PM’s educational degrees were fake.

As the National Democratic Alliance government at the Centre completes two years in office, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur to mark the second anniversary of the government on Thursday.

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