Can photographs of political leaders be used in government advertisements printed from public exchequer during elections?
No, photographs of political leaders cannot be put on government advertisements printed from public exchequer. 1For example, if the picture of a candidate in Jaipur is put up on a billboard explaining a Family Planning Scheme by the Ministry of Health, then this is a violation of the MCC. However, photographs or mentions of certain political leaders like President, Prime Ministers, Chief Minister, Governor can be used only if it is felt essential for effective government messaging.
- Section 135C, Representation of Peoples Act, 1951.
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