New Delhi, January 10: As model code of conduct is in place in five poll-bound states, Congress moved to the Election Commission and demanded the removal of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s posters at public places, including petrol pumps ahead of assembly election.
AICC Secretary and head of Legal and Human Rights department, K C Mittal has raised a strong objection to the presence of Modi’s pictures in posters of oil companies to promote cooking gas distribution during the poll time.
Mittal in his complaint to election commissioner Nasim Zaidi and other ECs said: The hoardings, posters, banners of the central government with the photographs of the Prime Minister at any place within the election-bound states cannot continue, since it is in violation of the MCC and will interfere with free and fair elections.
He also requested the Commission to remove all such hoardings/ advertisements of Central government or Central bodies with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s photographs from the petrol pumps and any other place in the poll-bound states.
Mittal pointed out to the EC that, as the Commission has got removed the posters carrying photographs of Chief Ministers of the states going to polls, so should be done for Prime Minister’s posters.
The five sates—Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur have assembly elections starting from February 4 till March 8. The counting is scheduled for March 11.
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