Bihar grand alliance leaders today urged the Election Commission to order the removal of banners and posters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah from the Patna airport. The party leaders said the banner and posters are “flagrant violation of norms”.
Providing details of posters and banners carrying the picture of BJP leaders and its election symbol at the airport, a delegation comprising of K C Tyagi (JD-U), RPN Singh (Congress), Manoj Jha (RJD) along with eminent lawyer KTS Tulsi submitted a memorandum to the Chief Election Commissioner.
“The delegation told the Election Commission that the airports and railways stations have been used by the ruling party at the Centre for its propaganda” in the state where assembly polls are underway, Congress leader RPN Singh said.
Singh said the Commission told them that no permission has been granted to put up the hoarding at government buildings including airports or railway stations.
The letter said the “flagrant violation” could not have escaped the Commission’s notice on its recent Patna visit as over a dozen banners are on display inside the airport with pictures of Modi, Shah and lotus election symbol of BJP. “Public places belonging to the government cannot be allowed to be used and worse monopolised by the party in power,” they said.
The leaders, in the letter, also pointed out that the EC had reprimanded the Haryana Government in 2005 for issuance of a press note on establishing polytechnics. It also said that another significant violation of EC norms happening in Bihar is that advertisements issued are not being forwarded to the poll watchdog before their publication as per norms.
“It is thus incomprehensible and thus shocking that the Commission has refrained from giving any direction to remove the advertisements from the Lok Nayak Jaya Prakash airport at Patna,” the letter said.