Election Commission directs Delhi and Central Govt over CWG ads

Sending out a strong message to officials who violate the model code of conduct, the Election Commission has taken serious note of advertisements appeared in newspapers on March 6 and 7 and asked the Delhi government to recover the cost from the personal accounts of the officials concerned.

In a letter to the Cabinet Secretary, the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports and the Chief Secretary of Delhi government, the Commission sought the names of the officers who authorised the release of these advertisements and details of the total expenditure incurred on them.

The total cost of the advertisements should be recovered from the personal accounts of the officers and persons responsible for the release of the advertisements, the letter said. Further, according to the Commission, this is a clear violation of the Model Code of Conduct which prohibits publication of the achievements of governments at the cost of the public exchequer.

The advertisement lists a series of infrastructure projects scheduled to be completed ahead of next years Games. 245 flyovers, 75 aerobridges, 1,285 km of better roads, 5,000 low-floor buses, 80 new Metro stations, 11 world-class sports venue, 59 hectares Games Village, restoration of 46 national monuments and thousands of job opportunities. For you, for decades, the advert states.

The advertisement account of the Games is with JWT one of the two advertising companies selected to showcase the Congress campaign for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Delhi unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party wrote to the Chief Election Commissioner; drawing attention to the advertisement and alleging that the Delhi government was trying to promote its achievements under the garb of the Commonwealth Games.

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