Much to the chagrin of Aam Aadmi Party supporters and workers, city residents woke up to find unauthorised handbills (printed advertisements) levelling allegations against Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal in their newspapers.
The name and address of the printer and publisher was missing on these handbills. The pamphlets, however, hit a nerve with AAP supporters who said they will move court against the illegal distribution at a time when Kejriwal was staying in the city for a four-day tour.
Claiming that the advertisement was fake, AAP leaders said the allegations were false and baseless.
Darshan Singh Shankar, state joint secretary, administration and grievance cell, and public relation officer of AAP, claimed that these handbills were illegal and it was an unethical act by rival parties.
“The allegations levelled against the AAP convener are wrong. Frustrated political parties are trying to defame AAP which is getting a huge support from people in the state. We will take legal action in this regard,” he said. Sources said these handbills were given to vendors by a team of youngsters in the city. “They came in vehicles with the stickers of a national political party. The advertisements were kept in newspapers to be distributed in houses and offices,” said a vendor.
RTI activist Kuldeep Singh Khaira said, “The election campaign has begun but the election commission must be alert over election malpractices. I received this pamphlet inside a newspaper without the name of its publisher.
Publisher mandatory, says DC
Deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat said, “If the name of the publisher is not printed, I will ask the staff concerned to look into the matter,” he said.