Armour of law: BJP plans legal recourse to retaliate AAP advertisement assaults on PM Modi

Enough is enough. Following the constant blitzkrieg of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government's television advertisements attacking the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government on multiple fronts, the BJP is now seriously pondering about retaliatory actions to end the barrage.

According to this report in The Economic Times the party is planning to come up with a legal solution to the 'menace.'

"The Information and Broadcasting Ministry is exploring ways to form a committee of experts that could eventually look at the remit of public-funded advertisements and suggest dos and don'ts," government sources have told ET.

 Armour of law: BJP plans legal recourse to retaliate AAP advertisement assaults on PM Modi

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The Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government in Delhi has been putting up posters across the national capital requesting Modi to allow the city dispensation to work.

Referring to "interference" of Central government in the functioning of Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) and Delhi Commission for Women (DCW), AAP government issued a new poster which read, "Prime Minister Sir, Please, let Delhi government work. Delhi government is working fine."

According to this Times of India report, the BJP is planning to counter this 'mud-slinging' campaign with a similar one. BJP has decided to launch an advertisement and social media campaign. The party plans to put up hoardings across the city to expose AAP and Kejriwal.

The Times of India article quoted Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay as saying, "Kejriwal has reduced the democratic system to a joke. He has no respect for any constitutional post. They believe in bypassing all the norms set by the Constitution of the country. Now, we will expose them in their own style. We will put up hoardings and use other media to expose their lies."

BJP national secretary RP Singh said that he has already put up some hoardings in his previous constituency Rajinder Nagar, which read, "Sisodia sahib baat baat par nautanki band karo, dilli mein kuch toh kaam karo".

The ad has been addressed to the Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia since "CM Kejriwal is busy in doing politics."

"His (Kejriwal) aim is to do politics. He doesn't care about development work. If he and his party were serious about development, the government would have spent the money on installing CCTVs. Meenakshi could have been saved if CCTVs were there in the area," said Singh.

A BJP source was quoted by The Economic Times report as saying, "The AAP ads especially denigrate the PM. Hence, we are looking at the legal permissibility of such public funded ads. The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has sought advice from the law ministry on how to pursue the matter.

"We are looking at appointing a panel of three experts such as a retired bureaucrat or an advertising expert to examine the ads. But since there is no act in the country that looks at public funded ads we are taking time to study the nuances."

Earlier, the Delhi government had posted audio clips on social media lashing out at the Delhi Police and Prime Minister Modi over the gruesome murder of a 19-year-old girl. Radio and newspaper advertisements have also been issued by the Delhi government to convey the message.

In the advertisement, Kejriwal appeals to Modi to take steps to improve Delhi's "deteriorating" law and order situation or hand over police to the city government. Earlier in the day, Delhi Police chief BS Bassi objected to the advertisement where Kejriwal has questioned the functioning of the force, calling it "misleading".

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Updated Date: Jul 28, 2015 19:12:10 IST