Assembly Elections: Congress writes to Election Commission, demands removal of PM Narendra Modi’s posters from petrol pumps

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New Delhi | Updated: January 9, 2017 6:25:52 PM

The party has alleged that that PM's posters violate model code of conduct in poll-bound states.

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Ahead of assembly elections in five states, Congress has demanded removal of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s posters from petrol pumps. The party has alleged that that PM’s posters violate model code of conduct in five poll-bound states of Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Manipur. Drawing the attention of the Election Commission towards the massive hoardings fixed at various petrol pumps stations regarding distribution of cooking gas etc., the Congress party in their letter said that such advertisements are not permissible during the operation of Model Code of Conduct (MCC).

“I understand that the Commission has ordered for removal of the posters, banners and advertisements in these states issued by the State Government with the photograph of Chief Minister or any other persons. The hoardings, posters, banners of the Central government with the photograph of the Prime Minister at any places within the election-bound state cannot continue, since it is in violation of the MCC and will interfere with free and fair elections,” the letter said.

Earlier, Naveen Pattnaik-led Biju Janata Dal had alleged that the newspaper advertisement PM Modi announcing packages for farmers, self-help groups and others violate of the model code of conduct. A party delegation led by BJD vice-president S N Patro had filed a petition with State Election Commission alleging that the advertisement of PM’s announcement was opposed to the Model Code of Conduct in the state.


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