For the last couple of weeks, one can see full page advertisements of various government departments in newspapers. Everyday in Odisha, I find at least three Odisha government advertisements highlighting Navin Patnaik government?s achievements in all Odia papers. In addition to this, there are three to four advertisements from various departments of central governments highlighting UPA?s achievement.
In English newspapers, apart from the above, one would find full page, sometimes half page and sometimes two page advertisements of other governments that have no relation with Odisha, such as Tamil Nadu
government, MP government etc. Common sense is all these advertisement in fact for electoral propaganda only.
Every party has a right to advertise their success/policy/achievements etc, but how can a government propagate for political parties? Such huge expenditures are public money. How can government money can be spent for political propaganda of a ruling party? It is not only unfair but entirely illegal as well. Isn't it?
Narendra Modi says that he would be watchman in Delhi, but what about his state government?s treasury that makes money flow like water for Modi?s PR exercise? Similar question can be asked to to Navin Patnaik, Mamata Banerjee, Jayalalitha and Nitish Kumar as well, not to forget the congress led UPA government. All political parties indulged in such practice should be booked for misuse of public fund.
In 1975, Indira Gandhi?s election was declared void by the court only because PWD department constructed the podium from where she gave an election speech. The offence of Indira Gandhi was negligible compared to the huge cost spent by various departments now for electoral benefit of the ruling parties. Why is the election commissioner silent on the issue? Who is the complaining and appellate authority on such indirect malpractices?
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