- Centre had told court houses can carry only logo of scheme
- Congress accused BJP of trying to influence voters
- Elections in Madhya Pradesh will be held later this year
Tiles with images of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan must be removed from houses built for the poor under a government welfare scheme, the Madhya Pradesh High Court has ordered.
Ahead of elections in Madhya Pradesh later this year, the state government has been asked to remove the tiles and file a compliance report by December 20.
Special ceramic tiles bearing images of PM Modi and the chief minister were to be installed at the entrance and in the kitchen of thousands of homes built under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, a plan to provide heavily subsidised homes to those who can't afford them. In April, the state government had ordered officials to make sure that the two 450x600 mm tiles were installed in each house.
The central government's slogan "Sabka Sapna, Ghar Ho Apana" (Everybody dreams of their own home), was also on them.
Justices Sanjay Yadav and Vivek Agrawal yesterday ordered the government to remove the tiles, responding to a petition by a journalist.
The central government told the court that the houses can carry only the logo of the central scheme.
The BJP government in the state also told the court that it had already decided not to enforce its own order, Madhya Pradesh Advocate General Purushendra Kaurav told PTI.
The opposition Congress had also demanded that the tiles be removed, accusing the BJP government of trying to influence voters ahead of the year-end assembly elections.