NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday alleged that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders, who made tall claims prior to the assembly polls, have turned into VIPs.
“It is absolutely shocking to learn that Arvind Kejriwal’s electricity bill for two consecutive months is approximately one lakh rupees. We are reminded of the fact that while campaigning for election, Mr. Kejriwal had said that they were ordinary people and they wanted to lead ordinary life: would not take government bungalows, would not use beacon cars and when the electricity bill comes, it appears that they are not so ‘common’. They have in fact turned themselves into VIPs,” said BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra.
“We had seen in yesteryears also as to how in the same bungalow, Sheila Dikshit the previous chief minister was using 25-26 air conditioners. So, naturally there is no distinction today between Arvind Kejriwal and Sheila Dikshit,” he added.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s media adviser Nagendra Sharma, had earlier, alleged that the opposition was spreading misinformation regarding the AAP chief’s electricity bill to divert attention from real issues.
“Air conditioners are not installed in the Chief Ministers’ residences. There is an office for officials to work over the weekends, as also in the mornings and evenings. And there is a hall, which can accommodate more than 300 people. Therefore, this kind of misinformation is being deliberately spread to divert attention from the real issues,” Sharma said.
The electricity bill of Kejriwal's Civil Lines residence was about Rs. 91,000 for the months of April and May, according to an RTI reply.