Dikshit’s publicity drive misleading people: Mukhi

August 4th, 2008 - 10:47 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 4 (IANS) Countering claims of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in a spate of advertisements, Leader of Opposition Jagdish Mukhi Monday claimed her government was misleading people and misusing taxpayers’ money. “For the last few months, the Delhi government is spending millions of rupees daily by giving one to two full-page advertisements in various newspapers for the self-praise of Sheila Dikshit,” said Mukhi.

One of the advertisements said 74 percent people in a survey appreciated the functioning of the Delhi Jal Board, the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) leader said, and added: “But people would like to know if it is not true that even after being the DJB chairperson for last 10 years she has failed to provide potable water to more than one-third population of Delhi.”

As for the advertisments’ showing 73 percent people supporting power distribution companies, Mukhi said Dikshit “seemed to have forgotten that during her regime the biggest scam of Rs.12,500 crore (Rs.125 billion) was committed in the privatisation of the Delhi Vidyut Board (DVB)”.

“It is not an allegation, (it is) rather proved by the CAG report and the report of Public Accounts Committee of the Delhi Vidhan Sabha. Is it not true that even today unscheduled load shedding of six to eight hours is being adopted?” he said.

While a Delhi government advertisement said 73 percent people appreciated the law and order in Delhi, the opposition leader said: “This statement through advertisement has put salt on wounds of those young ladies of Delhi who have been raped in the running cars, in the running buses, in the schools, in the offices, in the hospitals and in the temples.”

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