March 28, 2024

Ahead of the Punjab assembly elections, the ruling Congress had installed hoardings advertising government schemes, and featuring chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi across the city – a move which drew the opposition’s ire.

Slamming the Congress for misusing public funds, the opposition has termed the move as a “ 19-crore scam, where the outdoor media advertisement contractor was given an undue monetary benefit.”

Former councillor and Bhartiya Janata Party local bodies cell in-charge Inder Aggarwal said, “In the budget, the MC had reduced the income from advertising from 23 crore to 15 crores, citing the losses suffered by the advertisement contractor due to the pandemic. Later, under the revised budget, the advertisement budget was reduced to a mere 4 crore.”

“While the government is hounding the public for taxes, the contractor is getting favours , strangely at a time when the fund-starved MC is trying to take a 100 crore loan to carry out developmental works across the city,” he said.

The advertisements had been displayed on over 170 unipoles, and other media at all main roads and major intersections across the city, including Mall Road, Ferozepur Road, Bharat Nagar Chowk, Chandigarh Road, Haibowal, Jagraon Bridge, Gill Road, BRS Nagar, and Rajguru Nagar among other places.

These hoardings promote the recent decisions taken by the ruling party, including waiving off pending power arrears for consumers with connections up to 2KW,…

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