A high voltage political battle erupted in Gujarat after reports that a private firm had distributed pens with the inscription 'I Love Modi' among Class X and XII students in Ahmedabad earlier this month. The pens were distributed just before the board exams started on March 8.
According to media reports, principals in various Ahmedabad schools received several saffron packets of Namo pens with big image of the party symbol. The campany, in their covering letter, claimed that these pens are their gifts to the students and that they had taken consent from Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board.
However, the board authorities denied that they had given permission for the pen distribution. "The pen company had approached us some five months back with the proposal but we had refused since it involved the use of a political party's symbol," said board deputy chairman R.R. Thakkar, according to a TOI report.
Meanwhile, the Congress lashed out at the BJP saying the ruling party is allowing politicization of the education system.