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Gujarat govt clarifies stand on controversial ad

Reacting on the controversy of advertisement--regarding how Gujarat Muslims are better off than their brethren from other states--issued in Bihar dailies recently, Gujarat government today said that the photographs used in the advertisement are for symbolic purpose.

india Updated: Jun 12, 2010 16:59 IST

Reacting on the controversy of advertisement--regarding how Gujarat Muslims are better off than their brethren from other states--issued in Bihar dailies recently, Gujarat government on Saturday said that the photographs used in the advertisement are for symbolic purpose.

"We came to know about the so called controversy from the newspapers only. Nobody has communicated with the Gujarat government regarding any photograph or the advertisement," said Gujarat Information Commissioner V Thiruppugazh.

He added, "In the advertisement, nowhere it is claimed that the photographs are from Gujarat as they are for the symbolic purpose only."

Reports have claimed that one of the photograph used in the advertisement showing girls learning computers was from Uttar Pradesh and not from Gujarat.

According to him, the State government had hired an advertisement agency which released the ad in the dailies so the government authorities will check with the agency if they have made any mistake in selecting the photographs, which were used in the advertisement.

It may be noted that an advertisement was issued a few days ago in the dailies in Bihar just ahead of BJP's national executive meeting held in Bihar capital, Patna where Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi participated.