Gautam Gambhir, who is always vocal over various issues plaguing the nation and national capital, took to Twitter to express shock after he spotted the "Mall of Kejriwal". As Mr Gambhir ran an eye over the morning newspaper, 'Aam Aadmi Party advertisements splashed all over'. In an attempt to seek an answer from the Delhi Government, Gautam Gambhir questioning about the ad 'splurge' of AAP. 'Is this the taxpayer’s money being splurged callously?', he asked.
Conveying his disapproval over "Mall of Kejriwal", Gambhir shared an image of AAP ad and wrote: "Today’s newspapers seemed to me a “Mall Of Kejriwal” with @AamAadmiParty advertisements splashed all over. Is this the taxpayer’s money being splurged callously? Can someone from his office or @AamAadmiParty explain? And we thought CM didn’t have money to contest elections!!!"
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However, it was not just AAP on his radar, he gave a good piece of advice to BJP and Congress as well. "Even leaders of @BJP4India & @INCIndia should do advertising campaigns from their own pocket rather than using taxpayer’s money", World Cup-winning cricketer wrote.
Earlier, in a setback to the Kejriwal dispensation, Lt Governor Anil Baijal had directed that Rs 97 crore be recovered from AAP that was allegedly "splurged" by the city government on advertisements in violation of the Supreme Court guidelines. Baijal also ordered an inquiry into the spendings on advertisements projecting Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his party and asked the chief secretary to fix responsibility.
The AAP had to reimburse the money within a month. The move came months after a Centre-appointed three-member committee indicted the AAP government for "misusing" exchequer money on advertisements.
Moreover, according to an RTI, the AAP government has spent an average of Rs 70.5 crore annually in the past three years on advertisements — four times more than the Congress government’s expenditure on print, electronic and outdoor advertising.