Barabanki Passenger on Way to Varanasi Gets Ticket with PM Modi’s Picture Endorsing Housing Scheme
The tickets, carrying a picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and endorsing the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, were given to several passengers.
On the backside of the ticket, is the picture of PM Modi along with a detailed advertisement of the scheme.
Lucknow: In what may be a clear violation of Model Code of Conduct (MCC), the railways authorities at Barabanki Railway Station in Uttar Pradesh were found giving train tickets carrying a picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi endorsing the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY).
The matter came to light on Sunday when Shabbar Rizvi bought a ticket of the Ganga-Satluj Express (train number 13308) for a relative who had to travel from Barabanki to Varanasi on April 16. Varanasi is the parliamentary constituency of PM Narendra Modi.
Soon after realising that it could be a violation of the MCC, Rizvi tried to point out the error to the person on the other side of the ticket counter.
“I bought this ticket on Sunday morning and realised that it carries the picture of our honourable Prime Minister and this somewhere violates the poll code. However, I was shooed away by the person sitting across the ticket counter,” said Rizvi, adding similar tickets were given to several other passengers.
A railway employee at Barabanki Junction, Suresh Kumar, said, "These are old rolls and all of them were replaced. I don’t know how the old roles were used. This will be rectified soon."
The ticket that was given to Shabbar Rizvi with PNR 2360824502 is dated April 14, 2019, and carries an advertisement of PMAY on the right side of the ticket along with a tag line ‘Mera Sapna Ghar Apna’. On the backside of the ticket, is the picture of Modi along with a detailed advertisement of the scheme.
Earlier, too, the Indian Railways was in the line of fire when tea cups with pictures of Modi were distributed on Shatabdi Express. The cups were later withdrawn by the vendor who was responsible for serving tea aboard the premier train.
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