Delhi CM and Aam Aadmi party chief Kejriwal has questioned whether Modi is working as Reliance’s brand ambassador?
On Friday, photograph of smiling Prime Minister Narendra Modi appeared on full-page advertisements of Reliance Jio in leading national dailies.
It raised questions about the propriety of linking a constitutional figure with a commercial venture.
What Law Says?
The Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act, 1950 was enacted to prevent the improper use of certain emblems and names for professional and commercial purposes.
Clause 3 of the Act states: “Notwithstanding anything contained in any law for the time being in force, no person shall, except in such cases and under such conditions as may be prescribed by the Central Government use, or continue to use, for the purpose of any trade, business, calling or profession, or in the title of any patent, or in any trade mark or design, any name or emblem specified in the Schedule… without the previous permission of the Central Government…” The Schedule includes the “name or pictorial representation” of the Prime Minister as part of it.
Then why silence?
Reliance has financed BJP to help Modi in becoming PM for India. Modi, after becoming PM, was quick in installing his Gujarati colleague Amit Shah as his party chief, and is slowly replacing top level officials with those from Gujarth. Recently, even RBI governor was installed brought from Gujarath.
Products like Pataanjali and materials from Ahmadabad are flooding the market in recent times, that has to be noted. All closely associated either with Modi or his Gujarath.
What leaders opinion?
Reliance Jio is a dedication to that Digital India dream of the Prime Minister, his vision for the 1.2 billion people of the country, the advertisement said, promptly leading many to question the connection between Reliance and the Prime Minister’s photograph. Some even wondered whether the Prime Minister was the brand ambassador of Reliance Jio.
Spearheading the attack was Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who tweeted with two words: PM as Mr Reliance. This soon gave way to a full frontal attack. A tweet went out from @ArvindKejriwal in Hindi. Translated in English it read as follows: Modi ji, continue modelling for Reliance. The labour will teach you a lesson in 2019.
Later in the evening, the Congress sharpened its attack. Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken asked whether prior permission of the Prime Minister had been sought. Mr. Maken recalled how when he was the Minister in the UPA Cabinet, he had to seek the permission of the PMO to publish former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s photograph.