Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has branded his style of politics around the abandonment of ‘VIP culture’ and imaging as a common household political leader. The Aam Aadmi image of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal is in peril as a recent RTI has revealed extravagant spending of the AAP government for cars.
Arvind Kejriwal’s spending on Cars
The RTI dated 8 September, 2022 was filed by activist Vivek Pandey.
Sharing the data on Twitter, the RTI activist wrote: “It is yet again surprising to see the extremely extravagant expenses of the “Aam Adami” Arvind Kejriwal and his fellow ministers spent 3.85 crore rupees in buying cars. Kejriwal ji kindly shower even the half of your extravaganza to the needful citizens of Delhi.”
The data reveals that since 2014, an amount of ₹1.43 crore has been spent by the Delhi government to buy cars for the Delhi CMO, which comes under CM Arvind Kejriwal.
₹44.29 lakh have been spent on cars for the office of Delhi’s Deputy CM Manish Sisodia while a slightly higher amount of ₹44.79 lakh were borne for the office of Health Minister Satyendra Jain.
Cars worth ₹40.35 lakh were spent for the office of the General Administration Department, ₹37.77 lakh for the office of Transport Ministry, ₹37.78 lakh for the office of Women Child Development and ₹37.60 lakh for the office of Food & Supplies.
This is not the first instance when Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and his extravagant spending has been revealed and criticised.
1 Crore Spent on Tea and Snacks
An RTI filed in 2018 revealed that Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s office had spent over ₹1 crore on tea and snacks from 2015-18.
As per the information received in response to the RTI, an amount of ₹23.12 lakh were expended on tea and snacks by Delhi CMO in 2015-16, ₹46.54 lakh in 2016-17 and in 2017-18 an amount of ₹33.36 lakh was spent by the office of CM Arvind Kejriwal.
In his pre-2015 days, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, with his blue Wagon R had established himself as a ‘common-man politician’ but now the leader has openly abandoned his promise to Delhi citizens as he rides in luxurious cars— borne out of the taxes of the same Delhi citizens!