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AAP slams municipal bodies in Delhi for splurging on ads

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The AAP on Friday slammed the Municipal Corporations of Delhi for spending crores of rupees on advertisements, saying the money could have been utilised for disbursing salaries to “starving” employees.

Reacting to an MCD advertisement appealing to Delhi’s Aam Aadmi Party government to release funds for its employees, the ruling party said splurging on political advertorials and not paying staff salaries amounted to criminal offence.

The MCD has been trifurcated into East Delhi Municipal Corporation, North Delhi Municipal Corporation and South Delhi Municipal Corporation.

“On one hand, you (MCD) say you don’t have money to pay salary to your staff but you spend crores on ads for propaganda. If MCD is paying for these, then it’s a criminal offence,” AAP leader Dilip Pandey said.

“Their employees are starving but they are spending on ads and Rs.12 crore on making a website,” Pandey said.

The three Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled municipal corporations of Delhi have accused the Delhi government of not releasing funds which in the past led to non-payment of salaries to their sanitation workers.

However, the Delhi government has denied the charges.

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