Tiles embossed with photos of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan are being removed from PM Awas Yojana (PMAY) houses in Jhabua’s Petlawad area after Congress objected to them.
On September 19, the state government had told the MP high court that the tiles would not be installed in any PMAY house. The HC had ordered that the tiles already been put up be removed within three months.
According to government officials, 234 PMAY houses were built in Petlawad and each had a 45cmx60cm tile, bearing the slogan ‘Sabka Apna Ghar Ho Apna’ and photos of the PM and CM, on the doorway. A similar tile was installed in the kitchen. Local bodies were directed in April to install them in every house. But with last month’s court order, the process of their removal began. And then the model code came into force.
Congress workers complained to the Election Commission (EC) that the tiles were a violation of the code, leading the collector to have them removed on priority basis. “We have taken action as per the mandate of the model code of conduct. Work has been assigned to ensure that the tiles (with PM, CM pictures) visible outside are removed,” Jhabua collector Ashish Saxena said.
Some house-owners have pasted newspapers over the tiles to hide them. But most other PMAY houses sport scars on their doorway. With the poll code in force, the administration is removing banners and posters from public spaces and just about anything that has the name or photograph of politicians. Photos of Congress MP Kantilal Bhuriya have been removed from water tankers.