BJP, Congress Lash Out At AAP Government For Hiring PR Firm

24/06/2016 10:54 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:27 AM IST
A supporter of Aam Aadmi Party, or Common Man's Party, waves an Indian flag next to a cut-out of party leader Arvind Kejriwal during his swearing-in ceremony as chief minister of Delhi in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015. The AAP, headed by the former tax official who had remade himself into a champion for clean government, won 67 of the 70 seats in recent elections. Kejriwal and the party he created routed the country's best-funded and best-organized political machine and dealt an embarrassing blow to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

NEW DELHI -- BJP and Congress today hit out at the AAP government for hiring a Public Relation agency to publicise its works, saying it was "wasting" public money for "image makeover".

Ajay Maken, president of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) tweeted:

BJP MLA and Leader of the Opposition in the Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta said: "18 months after the historic win, the Kejriwal government requires a PR agency and is spending crores to improve its image".

"The government hired a private PR agency despite having an army of media advisors, own advertising agency -- Shabdarth and Directorate Information and Publicity. It is wastage of hard earned public money," he said.

Reacting to it, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who also holds information and publicity portfolio, said the government committed no crime by hiring a PR firm.

"Some TV channels are saying the AAP government has spent ₹200 crore to hire a PR agency. This is incorrect. Hiring a PR agency to publicise government's works is not a crime. Let the Lt Governor order a probe into the matter," Sisodia told reporters here.

The AAP government has appointed PR firm Perfect Relations as its media consultant.

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