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PIL challenges Sonia`s photos in Union Govt ads

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 14:34

Ahmedabad: A PIL has been filed in the Gujarat High Court seeking a prohibition order on Central government`s advertisements carrying photos of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, who does not hold any constitutional position.

Dhaval Shah, a resident of the city through this PIL, has sought court`s directions to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and the Ministry of Statistics and Programme implementation to stop publication and withdrawal of advertisements being published and telecast in the state ahead of the elections.

The said advertisements, showing Sonia`s photographs are titled as "Twenty Point Programme and Central Sector Projects Contributing to Gujarat`s Overall Development".

The petitioner has claimed that a president or chairman of any national/regional party be it Congress, Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) or any other political party has no constitutional position.

"In spite of the aforesaid fact, in every publication of the Central Government, the photographs of Sonia Gandhi are prominently projected. These photographs are advertised from the funds of Central Government," reads the petition which is likely to be heard soon by the court.

"The action of the Council of Ministers headed by Prime Minister in projecting the achievements of Government with the photograph of other person who has no constitutional position, who was neither Prime Minister, nor a Cabinet Minister nor the President of India, cannot be permitted to be continued," a petition filed yesterday through advocate Vijay Patel, who was a former BJP MP.


First Published: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 14:34

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