Chennai: Former Tamil Nadu chief minister and DMK chief M. Karunanidhi on Thursday slammed the Supreme Court ban on featuring photos of politicians in government ads.
He said that the decision is encroaching on the rights of states.
“This ban takes away the rights of the states. The PM and CMs are of same status in a federal set-up. In states, people give more importance to the CMs than the PM,” Karunanidhi said.
“A picture of a CM is inevitable in state govt advertisements. There are few educated people. The pictures help people understand ads better,” he said.
On Wednesday, in a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court banned the use of photographs of political leaders, including ministers, in advertisements issued by the government and its agencies, saying that it leads to promotion of a personality cult.