LEADER OF Opposition in the State Assembly Jamuna Devi today accused Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan of ‘misusing’ the name of office of the President of India for self-publicity. In a separate statement, State Bharatiya Janshakti president Raghunandan Sharma also castigated the Cm for the same.
In a letter written to the President, A P J Abdul Kalam, Jamuna Devi said that the picture showing him handing over memento to the Chief Minister for Madhya Pradesh being adjudged as the most-rapidly developing State in the country by a media group is being projected by the State Government as if the office of President were itself involved in the exercise.
She said the publicity material of the State Government showing Chief Minister receiving the award from the President at that function has been deliberately designed in a way to create an impression as if the President himself presented award to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and not the India Today Group.
Describing this as an ‘immoral and indecent’ act, Jamuna Devi said that it was a violation of ‘The Emblem & Names (Prevention of Improper Use 1950 & Rule 1982) which prohibits use of the President’s name and his office for any commercial activity without permission of the Government of India, Jamuna Devi urged the President to take note of the matter and give suitable direction to the State Government.
Raghunandan Sharma charged the Government with ‘using the name of President for glorifying its achievements. The award to the State Government was given by a news magazine, not by the President, who merely distributed the awards at the function, he pointed out.
He said that for the sake of survey the magazine compared development of the State in a period of 10 year from 1993 to 2003, to the development the State saw in three-year BJP rule from 2003 to 2006. In fact, the development assessed in the entire period of three years saw Madhya Pradesh being placed at the 14th position. The states like Rajasthan, J&K and West Bengal stood ahead of Madhya Pradesh, he added.
He said that on law and order front a state like Bihar improved its situation three times whereas Madhya Pradesh seemed to have come to a halt. Hence, the State could bag the third position. On agriculture front the State was at 11th position. In the field of primary education the State was positioned at the 16th. The State had the 12th position against primary education and infrastructure facilities, he added.
Sharma demanded that the State Government and the Bharatiya Janata Party tender apology to people for using the name of President in its propaganda for glorifying its so-called development.