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PM Modi's Photo On Covid Vaccination Certificates Flouts Poll Code: TMC Moves EC

TMC sought the intervention of EC to remove hoardings advertising central government schemes with images of Modi at petrol pumps

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PM Modi's Photo On Covid Vaccination Certificates Flouts Poll Code: TMC Moves EC
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PM Modi's Photo On Covid Vaccination Certificates Flouts Poll Code: TMC Moves EC
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2021-03-03T19:34:13+05:30

A group of TMC leaders met Election Commission officials on Wednesday alleging that the use of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's photo on the Covid-19 vaccination certificates, distributed by the Union health ministry, violates the model code of conduct.

Trinamool Congress called it a "blatant misuse of official machinery" and sought the intervention of EC to remove hoardings advertising central government schemes with images of Modi at petrol pumps, state minister Firhad Hakim said after meeting the EC officials.

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi happens to be the star campaigner of the BJP in this assembly elections. As a politician, he is seeking support for his party during rallies. In this situation, using his photo in vaccination certificates is akin to influencing voters and violates the model code of conduct.

"We have sought the EC's intervention to remove his photo in hoardings promoting central schemes at petrol pumps," Hakim said.

The minister called on the EC officials a day after TMC Rajya Sabha MP Derek O'Brien alleged that the PM photos have been used on the Covid-19 vaccination certificates even after the announcement of poll dates.

"Elections declared. PM photo still brazenly appearing on #COVID19 documents. Trinamool @AITCofficial taking this up strongly with Election Commission @ECISVEEP," he said on Twitter on Tuesday.

Reacting to these allegations, BJP state president Dilip Ghosh termed it as "baseless" and said the vaccination drive had started before the announcement of the election dates.

"If a government project starts before the declaration of an election, it may continue in the same form. At petrol pumps, hoardings are advertising several welfare projects of the Centre. These are put up on private land," Ghosh said. He also said the EC would take a call on the issue.

Elections in Bengal will be held in eight phases, beginning with polling for 30 seats on March 27. Votes will be counted on May 2.

(With inputs from PTI)


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