EC clarifies order on portraits in govt offices

EC clarifies order on portraits in govt offices
PTI
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First Published: Wed, Apr 01 2009. 10 58 PM IST
Updated: Wed, Apr 01 2009. 10 58 PM IST
Kolkata: Faced with an outcry, the Election Commission (EC) on Wednesday modified its earlier directive that except images of Mahatma Gandhi and incumbent president and state governors, there should be no other photograph in government or government-undertaking offices.
West Bengal’s chief electoral officer Debasish Sen clarified that except for the images of present-day political leaders, photographs of national heroes could remain in government or semi-government offices.
“There is no question of removing any photograph and image of national heroes from government and semi-government offices,” Sen said here after his communication with the commission.
The EC direction on Tuesday created a stir in the political circles with the state chief minister Buddhadev Bhattacharjee terming the order as “absurd” and rejected the instruction to take down images of Rabindranath Tagore and Subhas Chandra Bose from his office in Writers’ Building.
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First Published: Wed, Apr 01 2009. 10 58 PM IST