The election commission has asked the state government to remove all calendars carrying chief minister Virbhadra Singh's photographs from all public offices.
Chief electoral officer Narender Chauhan on Thursday asked additional chief secretary P Mitra to remove all calendars and portraits of the CM from all government offices, as it could amount to the violation of the model code of conduct.
Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party had earlier cried foul over the display of such calendars. In a complaint, the BJP had alleged that the calendars showed Virbhadra distributing ration among people at the launch of the Rajiv Gandhi Ann Yojna, claiming that they “advertised” the government scheme. The party had demanded the removal of all such calendars from government offices.
On Wednesday, the government had ordered the removal of Virbhadra and other ministers' photographs from the websites of various departments.
Earlier, the BJP had complained about Congress leaders' photographs on the forms being distributed for the new ration cards. The forms bear photographs of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, AICC president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi and chief minister Virbhadra Singh.