Despite Model Code of Conduct Political Hoardings Spotted in Public places in Brahmavar
Udupi: Despite the model code of conduct already in place for the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections in Karnataka as well as in the Udupi district, hoardings of political leaders are displayed in public places in the Udupi district.
Two large size hoardings of the ruling congress party aspirant Pramod Madhwaraj of Udupi constituency can still be seen in private building on the national highway near B C Road, Brahmavar. The hoardings carried photographs of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, Rajya Sabha Member Oscar Fernandes and district minister in-charge Pramod Madhwaraj.
While there are instructions for all unauthorized political advertisement, in the form of wall writing/posters/papers of defacement in any other form, cutout/hoardings, banners flags etc. In public property and in public space like railway station, Bus stands, Airports, railway Bridges, Roadways, Govt. Buses, Electric/Telephone poles, municipal/local bodies’ buildings etc., shall be removed within 48 hours from the announcement of elections by the Commission.
Despite the announcement of the poll schedule, the officials concerned have not ensured the immediate removal of such hoardings from the private properties.
When mangalorean.com contacted Shivananda Kapashi CEO Zilla Panchayat Udupi he said that all the political parties, government officials and ticket aspirants have been informed to withdraw their campaigning material from public property and also on the highways and main roads, which is a clear violation of the model code of conduct.
The district administration will initiate steps to pull down the hoardings if the local officials fail to do it at the earliest, he said.