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ECI directs petrol pumps to remove hoardings carrying photographs of PM Modi within 72 hours

The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Wednesday directed all petrol pump dealers and other agencies to remove hoardings advertising central government schemes that carry photographs of Prime Minister Narendra Modi from the premises of the facilities within 72 hours, an official said here.

Edited by: PTI Kolkata Updated on: March 04, 2021 6:57 IST
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ECI directs petrol pumps to remove hoardings carrying photographs of PM Modi within 72 hours

The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Wednesday directed all petrol pump dealers and other agencies to remove hoardings advertising central government schemes that carry photographs of Prime Minister Narendra Modi from the premises of the facilities within 72 hours, an official said here.

The use of the prime minister's photograph in such hoardings violates the Model Code of Conduct (MCC), the official of the West Bengal Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) said.

Earlier in the day, a Trinamool Congress delegation met ECI officials and alleged that the use of Modi's photographs in hoardings informing people of various central schemes violates the poll code.

The Model Code of Conduct came into force in four poll-bound states and UT after the ECI announced poll dates for the state on February 26. The four states are -- West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Assam. Union Territory Puducherry will also go to polls simultaneously. 

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