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EC orders fuel stations to remove hoardings of PM Modi

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The Election Commission (EC) has directed all fuel station dealers and other agencies in West Bengal to remove hoardings that advertise Union government schemes from the premises of the facilities within three days. It includes the hoardings that carry pictures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

An EC official in West Bengal said that the use of such hoardings violates the Model Code of Conduct.

Notably, a Trinamool Congress delegation on Wednesday met EC officials. The delegation led by Firhad Hakim alleged that the use of PM Modi’s picture in hoardings promoting central schemes is a violation of the Model Code of Conduct.

Several TMC leaders and party supporters had raised objections regarding the use of PM Modi’s images while advertising Central government schemes.

West Bengal Assembly elections 2021 are due in less than a month, starting from March 27, 2021, and ending on April 29. The elections will be held in eight phases because of the history of political violence in the state.

EC has extended 30 minutes of the polling time for phase 1 of West Bengal Assembly elections following COVID-19 guidelines. The first phase of elections is scheduled to be held in March.

 

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