Bengaluru: If elections could be won by splurging money on advertisements, then the Congress party seems to be in the drivers seat to emerge victorious with a mind-boggling Rs. 56 crores spent in a span of 110 days to highlight its achievements in the state.
The revelation comes through a RTI reply, mentions a News18 which claims that the government has spent over Rs 56 crores in the period between December 1 and March 20 before the model code of conduct came into force.
Post the reveleation, the CM has come under a lot of criticism for mindlessly spending the taxpayers money for advertising his/party achievements, hoardings and billboards of which have been displayed across the state while he refused funds to Nada Habba Dasara citing cash crunch.
Attacking Siddaramaiah on the issue, the opposition BJP tweeted: 'Socialist' Siddaramaiah spends 56 crores in 110 days on ads! Remember when Siddaramaiah denied funds to Nada Habba Dasara citing cash crunch? Socialism & his fake Kannada bogie, both fall flat with this RTI that has revealed Siddu's exorbitant spending on ads #SidduAdSplurge.
Siddaramaiah, who often speaks about the humble background he hails from has courted controversy for the expensive imported watch he flaunted on many occasions. It was later said that the watch was a gifted one.
Whether this ad splurge will pay dividends to Siddaramaiah who is hoping for one more tenure as the chief minister or it will be detrimental for his achievements is to be seen post poll results.
The state polls are to be held on May 12 and counting of votes will be on May 15.
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