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Commissioners play spoilsport, stop civic bodies’ publicity bid

The Delhi BJP has repeatedly criticised chief minister Sheila Dikshit for spending public money on publicity, but could not contain its own greed for publicity ahead of the upcoming Delhi Assembly elections. Its efforts to promote its works in the city has however been curbed by the municipal commissioners who have rejected the proposal of the BJP-led municipal corporations, by citing no allocation of fund for publicity.

'The commissioner has rejected the proposal of the mayor to publicise the achievements of the corporation by putting hoardings in front of schools, parks, hospitals and other properties of the corporation,' said a senior officer of South Delhi Municipal Corporation. He further added that entire preparation of design and content of the publicity material had been finalised, but the municipal commissioner did not approve of the plan. In the proposed publicity campaign, the achievements of the corporation was to be displayed as hoardings, along with photographs of the mayor. 'I am not aware about the development. I can comment only after speaking to the commissioner,' said Sarita Chaudhary, mayor of South DMC.

Similarly, the commissioner of North DMC has also rejected the similar proposals of the mayor of the north civic body. 'We neither have budget for such publicity nor any precedence. On the direction of the mayor, we had finalised some publicity material and design but now the plan has been aborted,'said a spokesperson of North DMC. He however claimed that the publicity material was never sent to commissioner's office for his approval. 'I will discuss the issue with the commissioner. If the chief minister can publicise the achievements of her government, why can’t the corporations do so,' said Azad Singh, mayor of North DMC.
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