The Punjab Congress on Saturday demanded a thorough probe into reports that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had spent the Delhi taxpayers’ money on holding political rallies in other states.
Charging the AAP and its national convener Arvind Kejrwal with looting the people of Delhi to promote their personal interests, the Congress said the shocking revelation by an RTI activist needed to be investigated by independent agencies.
The RTI shows Kejriwal has made 23 tours to poll-bound states in the last 19 months, holding political rallies during his visits, apart from his Bengaluru trip for surgery.
“This is not the first time Kejriwal has been found to be indulging in such misuse of public money to further his own interests and expand his party’s base outside Delhi,” said Congress leaders Kewal Singh Dhillon, Rana Gurjit Singh and OP Soni.
It was revealed earlier this month that the Delhi government had spent Rs 1.58 crore to advertise online, especially on social media (Facebook, YouTube, Google), to reach out to 1.8 crore voters in various states.
A media report said the contract was handed over to a public relations (PR) agency without open bidding and that a private complaint had been sent to the CBI.