'Needn't cover Statues of Dead Leaders'

Published: 16th March 2014 08:08 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th March 2014 08:08 AM   |  A+A-

Chief Electoral Officer Praveen Kumar on Saturday clarified that the statues of leaders who are no more need not be covered on account of the model code of conduct for the Lok Sabha elections.

“We have instructed all election officers not to cover the statues of the leaders who are no more now,” the CEO said when asked about the reports that the statues of leaders like Kamaraj and MGR have been covered.  Responding to a question, he said the Collectors were engaged in forming the Village Awareness Committees comprising apolitical youth to keep a tab on the distribution of money and goods to the voters. Previously, the EC had christened the above committees as ‘Village-level Vigilance Committees.”

Asked whether the re-release of MGR-starrer Ayirathil Oruvan and its posters violated the model code, the CEO replied in the negative. But the EC had already ordered removal of the posters for this film. 

As far as covering the ‘leaves’ drawn on small buses, the CEO said the Transport authorities had sought time till Monday.

Stay up to date on all the latest Tamil Nadu news with The New Indian Express App. Download now


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp