Kejriwal's odd-even ad: BJP slams 'media-hungry' AAP

Arvind Kejriwal

Taking a jibe at the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government for their latest advertisement on the 'odd-even' scheme featuring Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in 'muffler-man' avatar, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday said that it is the state government's 'massive hunger' to somehow be relevant in the media.

"I don't know what is this massive of hunger for somehow to be in the radio or TV. And when there is no reason to be in the media we find that Kejriwal and his team will go to the extent of raising false accusations so that they can be somehow be relevant in the media," BJP leader Nalin Kohli said.

"It is a fascinating situation that one side Delhi government claims that it doesn't have funds and even salaries are due to employees. On the other side you will see them paying enormous amounts of money in ads on TV and radio. Now questions are being asked whether they are violating the guidelines of the Supreme Court," he added.

The Delhi government's latest advertisement on 'odd-even' scheme featuring chief minister Arvind Kejriwal in 'muffler-man' avatar, was on Thursday pilloried by the BJP and Congress for having "blatantly circumvented" the Supreme Court guidelines and violated the "spirit of law".

With his back towards the camera, Kejriwal appears in the ad with a muffler wrapped around his neck and head and praises the efforts of traffic police and volunteers in making the car rationing scheme a success.

Kejriwal, who appears inseparable from the accessory during the winter months, says "we need to win the minds" of people and advises volunteers not to fight with violators.

In the 1 minute 32 seconds advertisement, Kejriwal also narrates the tale of a certain volunteer, who apparently managed to change the heart of an errant motorist by politely nudging him to follow the scheme.

"If you spot a violator, fold your hands and politely remind him. No need to fight or argue. Just tell him that you have probably taken out the wrong numbered car by mistake," said Kejriwal.


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