New Delhi, Jan 10: Amid upcoming state elections, the Election Commission of India on Tuesday informed all the Chief Electoral Officers of five poll-bound states that photos of Prime Minister, Chief Ministers and other political leaders from hoardings and advertisements must be removed or covered up.
Advertisements that use public money to project the achievements of political functionaries or political parties are a violation of the model code of conduct, the election body said today.
Instructions have gone to top election officers in the states “that the photo of political leaders in all hoardings, advertisements that aim to project the achievements of any living political functionaries or political party should be removed or covered.”
The ruling also comes days after the opposition parties visited the ECI to demand that the Union Budget be presented only after the assembly elections get over. The leaders reportedly told the EC that populist measures could figure in the Budget, and it could be disadvantageous to the elections.
Congress on Monday demanded the removal of Modi’s images from posters at public places from Election Commission ahead of upcoming state elections.
The EC had last week announced the election dates for five assembly states including Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, Manipur, and Uttarakhand.