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Resentment over poll posters, hoardings

By Staff reporter

GUWAHATI, July 30 - Questioning the rationale behind not removing the posters and hoardings of Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, his son, Gaurav Gogoi, MP, and Agriculture Minister Rakibul Hussain from walls, light posts and trees in Nagaon town, Samaguri and the greater Kaliabor area, including a large stretch of the four-lane NH-37, public activist Prof Deven Dutta on Wednesday said that the posters were put up during the campaign for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and the only reason behind not removing those could be the Assembly polls, scheduled for 2016.

�This despicable practice on the part of politicians to use their constituencies as their personal fiefdom must stop,� Prof Dutta said.

Prof Dutta said that there were clear-cut rules and guidelines concerning election campaigns, including the removal of posters and hoardings, once the polls were over.

�There is clearly a vested interest of the Congress party behind not removing the hundreds of posters and hoardings with pictures of these three politicians. It is absolutely unlawful and unethical to have posters of election campaigns of any political party after the elections are over,� he said.

Prof Dutta also questioned the passive role of the district administrations and Opposition parties in this regard.

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