Congress on Monday moved the Election Commission demanding removal of PM Modi’s photograph from government posters at public places, including petrol pumps, ahead of assembly polls in five states.
AICC Secretary and head of Legal and Human Rights department, K C Mittal, raised strong objection to presence of Modi’s photograph in posters of oil companies put up to popularise cooking gas distribution initiative. He said the EC should order removal of such posters as they are not permissible during the operation of Model Code of Conduct in wake of assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, Uttarakhand and Manipur.
“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.
“It is requested that the Commission may please order removal of all such hoardings of Prime Minister Narendra Modi from the petrol pumps and any other place in these states along with other posters, banners of the central government” the complaint to EC said.