Panaji: The AAP government's advertising budget is less than the expenditure incurred on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's clothes over the last two years, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Thursday.
He claimed that Modi never repeated clothes once worn and that each dress of the prime minister's costs Rs 2 lakh.
"It is being said we have given advertising of Rs 526 crore. Completely false. We have released advertising worth Rs 76 crore. That's it. Advertising expenditure of all departments of the Delhi government is less than the total expenditure on Modi's clothes," Kejriwal said at a meeting with editors here.
"I can give you the calculation. One dress that Modi wears is worth Rs two lakh. He changes clothes five times a day, (which comes to) 10 lakh rupees (per day). He never repeats his clothes, doesn't wash them and reuse them," Kejriwal said, giving a detailed costing of Modi's wardrobe.
"Here's the biggest proof. Go to Google, type 'Modi' and in the images column you will never see the same clothes in two separate images. The expense comes to Rs 10 lakh per day. He has been in power for 700 days, that means he has spent Rs 70 crore on clothes alone. Five crore more on his other clothes," said Kejriwal.
The Aam Aadmi Party convener also accused a large section of the media of being either "scared or ignorant," citing the "five-hour non-stop broadcast" of the function organised to mark Modi's completion of two years in power as a case in point.
"I think media is either scared or ignorant. Not all, most of it. On completion of Modi's two years in power, a five-hour programme from India Gate was telecast non-stop by all media channels. Has this ever happened? So if they are doing that, then they should show the good work we are doing too. They are not doing that," Kejriwal said.
"Completely false things about us are being picked up and repeated so many times that people actually start believing," the Chief Minister said.
Kejriwal said the two Delhi state assembly elections were won by the AAP despite a "negative and mischievous" campaign by the media against his party.
He said the voters in general saw through the media campaign and ensured that the AAP won.
"A section of the media is releasing wrong 'facts' about us. They are trying to defame us. But there is no need to worry, because the same media in Delhi left no stone unturned to defeat us.
"The media ran such negative and mischievous campaigns ahead of both polls. Despite the media campaign, we performed so well. The people are discerning. They know the rights and wrongs about what is shown by the media," he said.