PM photo on COVID vaccine certificates violates poll code, TMC tells EC

PM photo on COVID vaccine certificates violates poll code, TMC tells EC

Kolkata, Mar 3 (PTI) A delegation of TMC leaders on
Wednesday met Election Commission officials here and alleged
that the use of Prime Minister Narendra Modi”s photo on
advertisements of various central schemes and the COVID
vaccination certificates, distributed by the Union health
ministry, violated the model code of conduct.

The ruling party in West Bengal termed it as a
“blatant misuse of official machinery” and sought the
intervention of the poll panel 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. PTI PNT SUS
BDC BDC

Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Bollyinsidestaff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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