Sampath was here to review election preparedness ahead of the November 4 Assembly polls in the state.
Minutes after Sampath’s announcement Chief Secretary Sudripta Roy confirmed bags with Vajpayee’s photographs have been withdrawn. “Necessary orders have been passed,” he said.
Himachal has 16 lakh ration card holders. The BJP government in the state launched a scheme on August 15 under which a free jute bag was to be provided to every ration card holder in a month for procuring goods. The bag prominently carries Vajpayee’s photo.