New Delhi, July 2: It may have faced criticism for spending "crores of public money" in advertisements for political gains, but an unfazed Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi has now planned to shell out a whopping Rs 520 crores on FM radio ads.
Reports are also claiming that the Arvind Kejriwal government has found a loophole in Supreme Court's ban on use of chief minister's images in government ads. Hence, the party has come up with radio advertisements titled "Jo Kaha So Kiya" to connect with its electorates.
The radio stations are playing a 76-second ad, which is reportedly being played 40 times in the day, referring to AAP's fulfilling its re-poll promises and plans proposed in its recent budget. The government has reportedly spent Rs 50 lakhs on the ongoing radio ad which will be aired all through the week.
TV reports claimed that the AAP government has planned a consolidated budget of Rs 520 crore for the ongoing financial year, to highlight its achievements through such radio ads.
Earlier last month, BJP slammed AAP-led Delhi Government for allegedly spending "crores" of public money promoting itself for "political gains". The party even threatened to approach the apex court for the TV commercial was not withdrawn soon. BJP said that the Kejriwal regime was following previous Sheila Dikshit dispensation in the matter of advertisements.
"Money from public exchequer is being used for promoting individuals (including Chief Minister Kejriwal) in the government for political gains. Earlier, Sheila Dikshit had done so.
"The Lokayukta had then found her guilty. She had spent Rs 22 crore. Now, AAP has spent Rs 5 crore to propagate itself," claimed Vijender Gupta, Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly.