Monday, August 24, 2009
We are releasing here below a letter addressed to the Prime Minister by Sitaram Yechury today objecting to the misuse of public funds to promote the partisan interests of a political party.
Dear Shri Manmohan Singhji,
I am writing to you with reference to a half a page advertisement appearing today in all major national dailies by the Indian Railways announcing its scheme of free monthly season tickets to students. This advertisement also carries your photograph.
I was aghast to see the graphics in the advertisement that are alluding to the election symbol of the Trinamul Congress.
Surely you will agree that this is a brazen effort at utilising governmental funds for promoting the political interests of a particular party which happens to be a member of the ruling coalition under your leadership.
I am requesting you to kindly ensure that such advertisements are withdrawn and necessary instructions are issued to all government departments to not promote the partisan interests of any political party at the expense of public monies.