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AAP's ad stuck over "forces of the universe" sentence

By Vikas

The government officials have reportedly refused to clear an advertisement by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) over a sentence claiming that "all the forces of the universe help when one walks on the path of honesty."

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

The Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government in Delhi would complete three years in power on February 14 and advertisement is supposed to be aired on television channels tomorrow. The advertisement featuring Kejriwal reportedly highlights the Delhi government's achievements in the last three years.

The advertisement contains a line that says: "Jab aap sacchai aur imandari ke raste par chalte hai to brahmand ki saari drishya evam adrishya shaktiyan aapki madad karti hai (When you walk on the path of truth and honesty, all visible and invisible powers of the universe help you)".

This line has left the government officials in a fix as it does not refer to any particular sector or scheme. Also, a Supreme Court guideline on government advertisements states that all facts have to be checked and cleared by all the departments mentioned in the advertisement before they are published or aired.

The advertisement needs to get a clearance from directorate of information and publicity (DIP) before it can be broadcasted. A Hindustan Times report quoted DIP officials as saying that approval from all departments is still pending.

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