Former Chief Minister of Maharashtra and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday wrote a letter to CM Uddhav Thackeray, urging him to ensure that the state government’s advertisements carry Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s photographs in keeping with the Supreme Court orders. In the letter, Fadnavis said it has been observed that the state government advertisements are not carrying the prime minister’s photographs.
Citing the Supreme Court’s order of May 13, 2015 and March 18, 2016 about publishing prime minister’s photographs in government advertisements Fadnavis urged the Shiv Sena led Maha Vikas Aghadi government to carry PM’s photograph. After studying the court orders, the state’s information and public relations department, too, had issued a circular on August 11, 2017, about carrying the photographs of the prime minister and chief minister in government advertisements.
“But that circular is being violated,” Fadnavis said, alleging that an advertisement relating to ”Pradhan Mantri Annadata Aay Sanrakshan Yojana” carries only the chief minister’s photo despite the scheme being completely centrally-funded.
“Requesting you (Thackeray) to instruct the department concerned to ensure that the Supreme Court’s orders are followed in the advertisements which will be published henceforth,” the Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Assembly said in his letter.