New Delhi: Days after the Indian Railways withdrew tickets carrying photos of the prime minister, Narendra Modi, on Trinamool Congress’s complaint to Election Commission about it, Air India, the state-owned airline, decided to “roll back” boarding passes carrying photos of Modi amid cries of violation of the election model code of conduct, which came into effect on March 10 with the announcement of the dates for the general election.
Earlier, on Monday, Shashi Kant, a former top cop of Punjab Police had tweeted showing a photo of his Air India boarding pass, which had photos of Modi and the Gujarat chief minister, Vijay Rupani, on a “Vibrant Gujarat” advertisement.
At New Delhi airport today March 25th, 2019.— Shashi Kant IPS (@shashikantips54) March 25, 2019
My Air India Boarding Pass, prominently flashes Narendra Modi, "Vibrant Gujrat" & Vijay Rupani. Picture of boarding pass is below.
Wonder why we are wasting public money on this Election Commission, which doesn't see, hears or speak... pic.twitter.com/7t49cNIlAR
This kicked a controversy with many people sharing the photo on social media and mainstream media soon reported about it.
The airline clarified that the photos on the boarding passes were “third-party advertisements” printed during the Vibrant Gujarat Summit, which was held in January. It also said the advertisements would be removed if they were a violation of the model code of conduct.