The Delhi state election commission (SEC) has decided to remove the photograph of chief minister Sheila Dikshit from its website. The decision was taken after BJP demanded immediate removal of the photograph as it was a violation of the model code of conduct. The Delhi government’s website – www.delhigov.nic.in – is the only link to SEC’s website.
“For queries, people will visit the election commission’s website and CM’s photo on the website sends a wrong signal to the public,” said Anil Soni, convener, BJP legal cell. In a letter to Rakesh Mehta, the state election commissioner, Soni has asked that the picture be removed immediately. With less than a month left for the municipal polls, BJP has launched a fresh attack on the Dikshit government and also questioned the SEC’s independence. “The SEC is an independent body, then why should it display the CM’s picture? I’m going to write to the chief election commissioner regarding this violation of code of conduct,” said mayor Rajni Abbi.
Following the complaint made by the state BJP, the poll panel has decided to remove Dikshit’s photograph, but other details regarding Delhi government’s schemes will not be removed. “I have asked the Delhi government’s IT department to remove the photo from the website. It was on the site as this website is managed by the Delhi government’s IT department. The website is supposed to be interactive so other links will stay,” said Mehta.