AAP hits back at BJP over front-page ads, questions source of funding

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Friday hit back at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), questioning the latter's move to publish full-page advertisements on leading newspapers in Delhi a day ahead of polling.

Last Updated: Feb 06, 2015, 15:14 PM IST
AAP hits back at BJP over front-page ads, questions source of funding

New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Friday hit back at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), questioning the latter's move to publish full-page advertisements on leading newspapers in Delhi a day ahead of polling.

AAP leader Ashutosh asked the BJP to reveal the source of funding for such front-page ads.

“From where is the BJP getting money to publish such ads? If such ads are not allowed on TV, then why are they allowed in newspapers?” Ashutosh asked.

He was referring to the rules that permit publication of ads in newspapers even after the end of campaigning. However, such promotion is not allowed in electronic media.

“Apparently, the EC doesn't find these as violations. But, if on TV ads are not allowed, for newspapers also it should be the same; law should be changed,” Ashutosh added.

Another AAP leader, Manish Sisodia, also questioned the source of money.

“Ads on front page of newspaper are worth crores. Where is the money coming from? BJP must answer,” he said.

The advertisements in question list the achievements of the Narendra Modi government and ask people to vote for it in the Delhi Assembly polls tomorrow.

Responding to the allegations, BJP spokesperson GVL Narsimha said, "AAP's claim that the advertisement is violation of poll code, I believe is ignorance from their side. Either they do not know about the law or Model Code of Conduct or they are making such statements deliberately to remain in news."

"The ad just talks about the positive agenda of BJP which the party wants the public to know. There is no violation of any kind. Such ads can be given till the day of polling," he added.