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Vajpayee picture banned on bags

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Shimla, October 07, 2012
First Published: 16:57 IST(7/10/2012) | Last Updated: 22:50 IST(7/10/2012)

Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath on Sunday ordered withdrawing carry bags bearing pictures of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee that were being distributed for free at the government run ration depot.

The state government, with over 16-lakh ration card holders, launched a scheme Aug 15 under which a free cloth carrybag was to be provided to every ration card holder in a month for procuring goods.

Chief Election Commissioners' ordere came following complaints from Congress representatives.

Sampath was here with other EC officials to review election preparedness ahead of the Nov 4 assembly polls in the state.

"Henceforth, no bags will be issued to the consumers of public distribution system (PDS) with a picture of any political leader, of whatever stature he/she is," Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath told reporters in Shimla.

Sampath said the EC had received a number of other election-related complaints from parties.

"We have also received a complaint that Doordarshan has not been working in an impartial manner. We will take up the matter with the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting," he said.

"To ensure free and fair elections in the state, commission has issued guidelines that within 200 meters periphery of the polling station no unauthorized person can stroll despite to cast vote" said.
 
Election commission made it clear that it will not allow disfiguring of the public properties.

"No disfiguring of public and private place will be allowed and unauthorized installation of hoarding also be checked," he said.

On paid news, Sampath said a three-tier system of Media certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC) has been put into place.

Himachal Pradesh will elect a new 68-member assembly Nov 4. The votes will be counted Dec 20.

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