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AAP to challenge Ad panel’s orders in Supreme Court; calls it a ploy to defame Delhi govt

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday questioned the neutrality of the three-member committee and said would go to the Supreme Court regarding this.

By: | Updated: September 18, 2016 11:41 AM
ad-re-L The party pointed out that the committee was “not set up on the instructions of any court” but by the BJP-led Centre, which has been at loggerheads with AAP. (Reuters)

Soon after a committee set up by the Centre asked the Delhi government to reimburse the state for “splurging” exchequer’s money on its advertisements that have inturn violated many regulations, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday questioned the neutrality of the three-member committee and said would go to the Supreme Court regarding this.

The three-member committee constituted by the I&B ministry is headed by former Chief Election Commissioner B B Tandon and comprised of Piyush Pandey and journalist Rajat Sharma. According to a 17-page report concluded by the committee alleges that Delhi government used the exchequer’s funds to promote Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, for which AAP has been asked to provide a reimbursement to the state. The alleged violations related to outstation ads, misleading ads, ads for self-glorification, ads against media, ads mentioning AAP by name, and ads about incidents in other states.

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The report was subsequently sent to the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi and Chief secretary of the Delhi government.

The party pointed out that the committee was “not set up on the instructions of any court” but by the BJP-led Centre, which has been at loggerheads with AAP.

“This is nothing but a ploy to target and defame the Delhi government. The committee required people of impeccable neutrality and those who could do their job without showing any bias or partiality. But two members of the panel are either linked to the BJP or are beneficiaries of Modi ji. So, how can one expect a
fair report,” said AAP spokesperson Ashutosh. He further added that of the two panel members, one is linked to BJP since his college days while the other chalked out a campaign for Modi during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

Ashutosh also remarked that the complaint regarding the ads was filed by Congress leader Ajay Maken, while the committee was constituted by BJP led government, which serves as an apt example of Congress and BJP coming together.

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