The opposition BJP and other parties have requested the Election Commission to remove the pictures of Jnanpeeth Award winning Kannada writers Dr UR Ananthamurthy and Girish Karnad from public places till the elections get over in the state on April 17, reported media.
Though Ananthamurthy has backtracked from his earlier statement that he will leave India, if Modi becomes the Prime Minister, the top leaders of the state BJP, BS Yeddyurappa, Jagadish Shettar and Prahlad Joshi have attacked them for siding with the 'corrupt' Congress and hurting the sentiments of non-Congress fans of these writers.
In an effort to create awareness about the rich Kannada literature, government had allowed the public institutions to hang the pictures and posters of these renowned writers.
Now since both of them are openly backing Congress, the Election Commission is in a dilemma. According to rules, no material which can influence the voters can be displayed at public places during the polls.