Air India rolls back boarding passes with Narendra Modi’s photo amid controversy  

Arunima Bajaj  Monday 25th of March 2019 05:22 PM
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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.

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.




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