Army chief's photo on BJP posters, MoD to take it up with EC
Posted on: 12:28 AM IST Nov 13, 2013
New Delhi: On the request of the Army, the Defence Ministry, on Wednesday, is expected to take up with the Election Commission the issue of a photograph of Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh used on a BJP poll poster in Madhya Pradesh.
The photograph showed Gen Bikram Singh saluting martyrs in Jammu along with two other senior officers.
The Army request has been received and the issue is expected to be taken up with the Election Commission on Wednesday, Defence Ministry sources said.
The Army wants its sentiments to be conveyed to political parties, they said.
Congress has already sought derecognition of BJP in the wake of the advertisement issued by it in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh, saying the national flag and the photo of the Army Chief have been "misused".
Party spokesman Meem Afzal had said the AICC has approached the Election Commission over the advertisement which gives a "negative" image of Congress.
The complaint was against Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and state BJP chief Narendra Singh Tomar.
Afzal alleged that BJP was seeking to drag the Army chief in politics by using his photo.