CAG Report: AAP attacks Whistle-blower; quiet on negative findings
Government auditor CAG in a scathing report raised several questions about the Aam Aadmi Party government’s publicity blitz in its first year in power.
The auditor has in its 55-page report also accused the Delhi government of using public money on television ads that showed a person waving a broom, #AAP‘s election symbol, and said they referred to “AAP ki Sarkar,” which publicised the party not the government.
It said the ads attributed a number of the state government’s achievements to Chief Minister Kejriwal’s personal efforts.
However, AAP completely ignored the finding instead an inquiry has been ordered against Leader of the Opposition in the Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupt for ‘leaking’ the Comptroller and Auditor General’s (CAG) report on the Delhi government’s ad budget, which is yet to be tabled in the House.
Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel on Friday also referred the matter to the Privileges Committee of the Assembly.
Mr. Goel said that the report wasn’t even received by the Delhi government and Mr. Gupta had already ‘leaked’ it to the media.
“Mr Gupta has breached procedure by leaking it to the media. I refer the matter to the Privileges Committee,” the Speaker said.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who is also the Finance Minister, claimed that the sealed envelope from the CAG was received on August 24 around 5.30 p.m., but Mr. Gupta had given statements on the report and ‘leaked’ it before that.
In his defence, Mr Gupta said that the report was already out in the media before he raised it in the House.
“TimesNow channel was running the story since the morning of August 24. As per my sources, the Finance Secretary received the envelope from the CAG on August 22. The Speaker didn’t hear me out and passed the motion against me,” Mr. Gupta said.
The #BJP leader went on to say that the action against him are ways to cancel his membership from the Assembly.
“They (AAP) aren’t able to tolerate us (BJP) in the House,” said the LoP.
On August 24, Mr. Gupta had walked out of the Assembly and issued a press statement containing certain points of the Comptroller and Auditor General’s report and he did the same on Friday.