Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, today filed an RTI seeking details about the expenditure incurred on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s digital and other social media campaigns.
Sisodia, in his RTI application, has sought details on the Centre's policy for advertising initiatives like the 'Narendra Modi app' and 'Make in India' on social media.
Sisodia said that he had to take recourse to RTI as the Modi government was using the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against the Delhi government to get similar information.
“If Modiji has CBI, we have RTI (Right to Information),” Manish Sisodia told media persons.
Sisodia’s RTI, filed with the information cell of the Prime Minister's Office, comes after the CBI registered a preliminary inquiry against him last month to probe alleged irregularities in the “Talk to AK” social media campaign.
Backing his deputy, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the CBI should investigate Modi as well.
“Just like Prime Minister’s Office awarded contracts for digital advertisements, Manish (Sisodia) awarded advertisements in the same way.
“Since Modiji is getting Manish investigated by the CBI, he (Modi) should be investigated by the same agency as well,” Kejriwal tweeted.
In his RTI, Sisodia sought details of the procedures adopted by the central government to award social media advertisement contracts for Make In India, Namo App, Start-up India and Digital India.
“Advertisements in social media are paid for by credit cards and have a credit limit. Which credit card was used by the Modi government for these advertisements?” Sisodia asked.
He also asked for details of companies and individuals across the world awarded the contracts for the advertisements.
“When we talk about people’s issues, it is corruption. When he (Modi) talks (Mann ki Baat), it is patriotism. Why this difference?”
Sisodia said if Modi had the CBI to seize files of the Delhi government, then he (Sisodia) would use RTI to access files from the Prime Minister’s Office.
“We will place both files before the people and they will decide who is using public money for the right purpose and who is misusing it.”
The “Talk to AK” campaign was an interactive session of Kejriwal, under which people could reach out to the leader through social media.
(With IANS inputs)