Reprimanding the allegations levelled by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on the Delhi Government for using advertisements to manipulate the media, Swaraj Abhiyan founder Yogendra Yadav on Saturday said it is ironic of the BJP to talk about ‘misuse of the taxpayers’ money’.
“It is ironic. Those who are misusing the funds of the country are talking about misusing the funds of Delhi,” Yadav told ANI.
Yadav said it is true that the Aam Aadmi Party has indulged in arbitrary use of popular funds for its advertisements in Punjab, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, where it is of no use.
“So clearly, it is a misuse of the taxpayer money in Delhi, but that being talked about by Arun Jaitley, whose entire government is runs on propaganda, publicity and influencing and coercing the media, that is rather ironic,” he added.
According to reports, Jaitley assailed the AAP government in Delhi, saying the government is using advertising funds to manipulate the media.
“While “friendly” media is being given advertisements, media houses which are critical of the AAP government are being denied ad revenue,” Jailtey said in an interview.
Hitting out at Jaitley for the accusation, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) said Jaitley should look at his own conduct in this regard.
“I would ask Jaitleyji, what is the need of advertisement of the Haryana Government in Delhi and other states; what is the need of advertisement of the Kerala government in Delhi and other states; what is the need of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh government’s ads in other states,” AAP leader Somnath Bharti sought to know from Jaitley.