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Govt ads face Congress heat

New Delhi, Oct. 13: Ravi Shankar Prasad’s drive to highlight the “achievements of the government” after the Election Commission announced polls to five states is running into rough weather with the Congress taking exception to a series of advertisements released by the Union information and broadcasting ministry.

The Congress has alleged that the advertisements violate the model code of conduct because government revenue is being spent on a political campaign.

“The government is proud of its achievements,” Union I&B minister Prasad said, “and we will highlight them”. He claimed the publicity drive was not being carried out in states going to polls. However, a series of advertisements with copy “India Shining” has been featured in newspapers published from Delhi where elections will be held on December 1.

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