In a statement issued here, Karunanidhi referring to the Apex Court's order on the subject cited the order in effect takes away the powers of state governments.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday prohibited the use of photographs of political leaders, including ministers, in advertisements issued by the government and its agencies, saying that it leads to promotion of a personality cult.

Karunanidhi cited as per the principle of cooperative federalism under the Indian Constitution, both Prime Minister and Chief Minister enjoy equal status.

"In fact, in states people give more importance to the Chief Minister than the Prime Minister," Karunanidhi added.

Karunanidhi asserted the Prime Minister, the President and the Chief Minister are elected by political parties. "The basic reasons for allowing photographs of President and Prime Minister in government advertisements equally applies to the usage of photographs of Chief Ministers," Karunanidhi said.

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