The Madhya Pradesh government has made photos of chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan mandatory along with that of and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in all state government offices and buildings.
In a similar order issued in January, the state government had ordered that photos of the Prime Minister and President should be mandatorily put on the walls in all government offices and buildings in the state.
However, the fresh order with the addition of the chief minister was issued by the state general administration department (GAD) on April 27.
The order also makes photos of the chief minister and the Prime Minister mandatory in all advertisements issued by the state government.
According to the GAD order, photos of national icons like Mahatma Gandhi, former PM Jawaharlal Lal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Swami Vivekananda, Dr BR Ambedkar, and former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee should be put on walls of government offices, buildings, corporation offices and divisional offices.
The opposition Congress and AAP criticised the order.
Congress leader Sandeep Sablok told HT that it was for “publicity’s sake” and keeping in mind the future assembly elections.
“The CM is using all means for popularising himself at the expense of public money. The Narmada Seva Yatra is one such example. Previously, photos of our constitutional heads be it President or Governor were used if needed for such purposes. These are gimmicks for gaining popularity which he (Chouhan) is fearing is diminishing”, he alleged.
AAP leader Dharnendra Jain said there was “large-scale misuse” of public money. “It will be better if it’s used for public and state welfare,” he said.