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Remove photos of politicians from hoardings, ads in all 5 poll-bound states, orders EC

The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Tuesday instructed the Chief Electoral Officers of all the five poll-bound states to have the the photos of political leaders removed from hoarding and advertisements, reported ANI.

Congress had moved the EC on Monday, demanding the removal of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s photograph from government posters at public places, including petrol pumps, ahead of the upcoming state assembly polls.

The move comes days after the united Opposition visited ECI and demanded that the Union Budget be presented once the assembly elections are over. The leaders had said that populist measures could be announced in the Budget, which would be detrimental to a just and fair election.

On January 4, the EC had announced the election dates for five assembly states— Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, Manipur and Uttarakhand.

Elections in Goa and Punjab will be held on February 4 in a single phase. Polls in Uttarakhand will be held on February 15. Manipur will go to polls in two phases on March 4 and March 8.

Polls in Uttar Pradesh will be held in seven phases with the first phase on February 11, phase II on February 15, phase III on February 19, phase IV on February 23, phase V on February 27, phase VI on March 4 and the last phase on March 8.