In violation of the model code of conduct, the Panchkula Municipal Corporation (MC) kept flashing the pictures of food and supply minister Mahender Pratap Singh and Congress mayor Upinder Kaur Walia on its website.
Only after a formal complaint with the chief electoral officer of Haryana on Wednesday, was the picture removed.
The website also had the picture of mugshot of mayor on the home page but around 11 am on Wednesday it was removed. But the picture of the minister and mayor was still shuffling among other pictures on the home page. Later, even these were removed as word spread out.
"We have got the pictures removed from the website on Wednesday," said deputy commissioner-cum-district election officer SS Phulia.
"We have filed a complaint for use of picture of mayor Upinder Kaur Walia and minister Mahender Pratap Singh on the website to chief electoral officer, Haryana," said Rakesh Aggarwal, general secretary, Resident Welfare association, Sector 12, Panchkula.
"It shows our mayor and the minister are not law-abiding. The photograph should have been removed much earlier," said Vishal Seth, district president of the BJP.
Surprisingly, the website of Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh is still using picture of mayor Harphool Chander Kalyan even after a complaint in this regard. A city-based advocate and activist Ajay Jagga has lodged a complaint with the election observer appointed by the Election Commission (EC) accusing the Chandigarh municipal corporation (MC) of violating the model code of conduct.
The Haryana government had removed pictures of the chief minister (CM) and ministers from the websites and even the calendars in the government officers are covered to hide the picture of CM.
The Election Commission of India has clearly instructed that pictures of political leaders are to be removed from official websites as part of the model code of conduct that has come into force from March 5.