Tussle over use of 'Aam'

The state election commission has directed authorities to remove ‘Aam’ word from all government billboards, banners, paints, name plates etc.

Published: 23rd March 2017 12:42 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd March 2017 12:42 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: A word ‘Aam’ has become the reason for a tug of war between the BJP and Aam Aadmi Party after the state election commission directed authorities to remove ‘Aam’ word from all government billboards, banners, paints, name plates etc. EC has taken action after BJP leader Vijender Gupta filed a complaint with Election commission. On the other side, AAP has raised questions over intentions of Election commission.

The commission in a letter wrote to the Delhi chief secretary and commissioners of the three municipal corporations, has also asked them to submit a compliance report soon. “The Model Code of Conduct is in force with effect from 14th March 5 pm. You are therefore, requested to please ensure the appropriate action and submit a compliance report to the Commission in 48 hours,” says the letter by the state election commission. Election commission has asked chief secretary of Delhi to remove these a word ‘Aam’ from all government billboards, Ads etc. The step has been taken after a delegation of BJP leaders went to meet State Election Commissioner S K Srivastava, seeking his direction for removal or covering of the word "Aam" in the names of various AAP government-run schemes, including mohalla clinics, displayed through hoardings, billboards, banners and name plates.

"The Delhi government is running about 150 Aam Aadmi Mohalla Clinics in different parts of the city where the words Aam Aadmi are prominently displayed on hoardings, billboards and banners etc. It is also running Aam Aadmi Bypass Express Bus Service that covers a vast area of the city," the memorandum says.

In Reply, a delegation of AAP leaders went to meet Srivastava.  “We are shocked to know that the state election commission has directed the chief secretary of NCD Delhi to remove Aam Aadmi from all government billboards,” AAP said in a letter sent to state election commission. AAP has also raised questions over intensions of state election commission.

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