Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said no to having his photograph on billboards on national highways, a reply to a Right To Information (RTI) application has revealed.
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) had decided to erect 1,500 billboards with photos of Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi. Some came up in Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh — without the permission of the Prime Minister’s Office.
Soon after, in December, Sonia reportedly told Road Transport Minister Kamal Nath to drop her photo. On January 19, Singh sent a message to the NHAI that his photos were to be used only with the PMO’s nod.
The PMO on Monday told RTI activist Subhash C. Agrawal it hadn’t till now given the NHAI permission to use his photo.
This is the second time in less than a month that Singh’s photo has been used without his permission. The first time, it was by the Women and Child Development Ministry.