Railways decides to withdraw tickets carrying pics of PM during model code period

NEW DELHI: The Railway on Wednesday decided to withdraw tickets carrying photographs of Prime Minister Narendra Modi which was part of an advertisement campaign by a Union Ministry.

The “suo motu” decision of the Railway not to use the tickets came a day after the Trinamool Congress approached the Election Commission, alleging that the use of such tickets was violative of the model code of conduct, which came into force on March 10 following the announcement of the Lok Sabha elections, sources in the Railway said.

They pointed out that nearly 1 lakh such tickets were printed and a few were remaining in the lot.

The Railway said all its 17 zones have been directed against using the tickets carrying the picture of the Prime Minister.

“It is a suo motu action. We have not received any direction from the EC in this regard,” an official said. (AGENCIES)