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Following TN, UP govt to file review appeal against SC order of 'Neta Free' Ads

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Following TN, UP govt to file review appeal against SC order of 'Neta Free' Ads

Within 15 days of the Supreme Court order banning images of politicians in government ads except images of the Prime Minister, President and Chief Justice of India, two state governments have already made moves for an appeal. Unable to digest the SC’s mandate, Tamil Nadu government moved the SC asking to review the order because it contradicts the federal structure based on grounds of parity between the Centre and states.

In the latest development, Uttar Pradesh government is planning to file a review appeal against the SC order as well. Talking to exchange4media, Ashutosh Niranjan, Director, Information and Public Relations Department, UP government said, “We have got one copy of the appeal that TN government has filed which our Additional Advocate General is looking into. We have drafted a proposal for advertising policy and how to use the CM’s photograph in advertisements and have sent this proposal for the Cabinet’s nod.”

The SC gave three months’ time to take down all hoardings and banners that contain CM’s image. UP government officials are taking precautionary measures and have begun to remove these hoardings and banners.

Niranjan suggested that the government is also framing advertising policies for digital media. He said, “We do have a media policy for print and electronic media but we don’t have a policy for web media; we are working on it and the draft is in process as of now.”

This ban from the SC has riled up many state governments that are habituated to spending lavish amounts of money in order to promote their schemes along with pictures of politicians.

One of the recent ads released by UP government without CM’s picture

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