Self-promotion before governance: Arvind Kejriwal sets aside 526 crore for publicity, also wants to purchase media!

Aam Aadmi Party’s latest shocker comes in the form of an idea that the Delhi Government could soon implement. A senior AAP official has revealed that in order to better connect with the people of Delhi, and to share its schemes and policies, the Arvind Kejriwal government could soon start a Delhi channel and a newspaper. There is a very strong buzz about this possibility and is seen as an attempt to create media monopoly in Delhi.

A whopping Rs. 526 crores is expected to be spent on information and publicity, as compared to a mere 24 crore spent last year! This is beyond imagination. Hiking the budget for self publicity amounts to corruption, especially when the Delhi government reduced the allocations for various other infrastructure development works, health and education. Spending money on AAP’s own party workers and consultants is breach of trust and a show of vulgarity.

Arvind Kejriwal, Aam Aadmi Party, AAP, Delhi, media

Arvind Kejriwal has had a cold relationship with the media off late. He is attacking the same media which helped him rise as a politician. From a non-entity, he became the chief minister only because of the media. Now, when the same media is exposing his u-turns and malintention, he is threatening and abusing them. Arvind Kejriwal had a wonderful opportunity to make peace and friends with all the Delhi stakeholders after returning to power, but he squandered the opportunity by going on a confrontational path.

Arvind Kejriwal, Aam Aadmi Party, AAP, Delhi, media

Sources have informed that he will push AAP’s agenda through television, newspaper and radio. The sources also informed that to connect with the people, the Delhi Government has released a 70-second long advertisement, which is being played on FM radio channels all day long. Radio stations are playing the ad more than the songs. In fact, Arvind Kejriwal could be violating Supreme Court’s order!

Arvind Kejriwal, Aam Aadmi Party, AAP, Delhi, media

The advertisement on television started by the Delhi Government is in total defiance of the Supreme Court. It is also contempt of court. Arvind Kejriwal thought that he could get away with the radio advertisement since it doesn’t show his face, but he is sadly mistaken and misunderstands the Court order. If the radio is used to advertise and endorse a party, government or a political leader, it is in clear breach of Supreme Court’s order.

The Delhi Government has no money to pay wages to the capital’s sanitation workers, but it is talking about hundreds of crores on self promotion. What a shame!

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Rubi Sahay

Rubi Sahay

I have the knack and enjoy uncovering the hidden layers of the most complex national security concerns. Art and entertainment interest me, too. A Hindu College alumni, I have written for The Hindustan Times and The Financial Express. Every now and then, I love picking up my camera to capture life and its various shades.


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