Bhopal: The Madhya Pradesh High Court’s Gwalior bench on Wednesday ordered the removal of pictures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan from tiles laid in houses built under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY-U). The deadline for this, as stated by the court, is December 20.

The order came after a clarification by the Centre on September 12 that it has nothing to do with PM Modi and CM Chouhan’s photos on tiles in the houses constructed under PMAY (U) in the state.

Centre’s reply came on court’s notice which was issued after a petition filed by a Datia resident Sanjay Purohit. He had claimed that the tiles are being laid in the wake of Assembly elections due this year.

A similar notice was also issued to the state government. A reply on the same is still awaited. Meanwhile, Assistant Solicitor General of India Vivek Khedkar filed the reply on behalf of the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry on Monday.

“To spread awareness among the people about the scheme, the ministry has advised all the state/union territory (UT) governments to display a standard logo of the PMAY (U) in all houses constructed under the PMAY (U),” Khedkar said in the reply as per a report. He said that the ministry’s advice was regarding the use of PMAY (U) logo only and not photo.