Ahmedabad: The Gujarat government Saturday
played down the controversy over alleged use of photographs of
girls learning computers in Uttar Pradesh in its advertisement
projecting how Muslims are better off in the state, saying the
pictures were for "symbolic purpose" only.
Gujarat Information Commissioner V Thiruppugazh said
the state government had hired an advertisement agency which
released the ad in the Bihar dailies and the authorities will
check with the agency if they it has made any mistake in
selecting the photographs used in the ad.
"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,"
"Nowhere in the advertisement, it is claimed that the
photographs are from Gujarat as they are for the symbolic
purpose only," he said.
Reports have claimed that one of the photograph
in the advertisement showed girls learning computers in
Azamgarh district in Uttar Pradesh and not from Gujarat and
was taken from a US-based portal.
The advertisement was issued ahead of BJP`s national
executive meeting in Bihar capital Patna which is being
attended by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.