The Election Commission on Thursday told the Cabinet Secretary that photos of PM on hoardings at Goa petrol pumps and certificates in Uttarakhand were not allowed under model code.
The EC also asked him to ensure compliance of its instructions during elections.
The Congress party on Monday written to the Election Commission demanding the removal of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s posters from petrol pumps in Goa.
In a letter to Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha, the Commission said it had received complaints about hoardings with photographs of the Prime Minister being displayed at petrol pumps in poll-bound Goa.
It also referred to a news story in a Hindi daily that certificates with the photos of the Prime Minister were being distributed by oil companies to LPG consumers who have surrendered gas subsidy in Uttarakhand.
“This is not permissible under Model Code of Conduct and Election Commission instructions” (issued after schedule for assembly polls to Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Punjab and Manipur was announced on January 4), the letter said.
The Commission has requested Sinha to ensure that its instructions “are brought to the notice of all concerned for strict compliance in letter and spirit.
Goa, which has BJP government, goes to polls on 4 February along with Punjab.
Other states going to polls at the same time are Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Manipur.
(With PTI inputs)