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Putting of hoardings is show-off, removing is an insult
There is a famous quote whose author is unknown – there is no need to show people where they know you and there is no need to show where people don’t know you.

With the announcement of elections, the Model Code of Conduct comes into force with immediate effect and the first action by the district administration is to remove all hoardings at the public places with photographs of politicians.

In fact, an outgoing government must refrain from taking major decisions in the run-up to elections. It should be the responsibility of the government to not influence the voting pattern by announcing schemes just before the elections. More-over, such decisions should be taken at least five months prior to the announcement of elections so that there is a cooling-off period for people to decide rationally on which political outfit to vote into power.

My recent visit to one of the chamber of an officer in the government office surprised me on seeing the annual calendar issued by the State government hanging in the middle of wall, having photographs of Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister, and Ministers, reversed on announcement of model code of conduct.

The main opposition party in the state has also approached to the Election Commission of India to remove the photograph of State Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal from 108 Ambulance services which is doing a remarkable job to save the lives of people by ensuring the victims admitted at the nearest hospital for treatment.

The election department in Himachal Pardesh has also issued directions to the Food and Supplies Department to withdrawn Public Distribution System (PDS) bags and ration cards carrying pictures of political leaders on filing of a complaint by the BJP.  Though, these bags with photographs were provided to only those beneficiaries, who were invited at the launch of a scheme under the National Food Security Act 2013, much before the enforcement of the Mode Code of Conduct.

No doubt the mode code of conduct is formulated and is vital to ensure a level playing field among various contenders for power but it is a big hurdle in delaying the on-going projects as everything is held in abeyance till the conclusion of the Lok Sabha elections.

It is the first time that the country witnesses’ elections over such a long period with the announcement of the April-May Lok Sabha election schedule, the model code of conduct have come into effect from March  5 to the last day of poll on May 13.

Almost it will take more than two months, when the entire work of formulation of any policy matter and development works will be put on hold.

Frankly speaking, the show-off is an act to behave in an ostentatiously skilled and assured way with the intention of impressing others with his or her abilities or possessions.

The use of personal photographs in official capacity by the politicians is nothing but to project and highlight him in the eyes of public. In fact, the state government should not go in annual calendars or any other printed material or photographs of politicians as all development projects or any other material is on behalf of the state governments and not in individual’s capacity.  Putting and removing flex boards is wastage of money and this practice is only in India as I hardly witnessed my 100 days stay in US/Canada any hoarding by the road sides.  Those countries are very particular about cleanliness of their cities. It is only in India, where everybody wants to show-off by putting different hoardings on different events throughout the year.

If we talk about our own State – Punjab – the government knew that the elections will be due in April-May and reversing the calendars with politicians photographs in the government offices is an insult and it would be better if in future these printed with some other mottos.

Showing-off is fool’s idea of glory and it is not going to change the mind-set of people as voters as he is very intelligent now and cannot be influenced easily.  But we should restrain from show-off and your work should speak to attract others.

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