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After the Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Ministry of Railways were issued notices by the Election Commission for having Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s face on airline boarding passes and railway tickets at a time when the Code of Conduct is in play, the Railways is in trouble because of tea-cups.
Indian Railways was forced to withdraw tickets with photos of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, social media users today reported that tea was being served on a Shatabdi train in paper cups with PM Modi’s campaign line, “Main Bhi Chowkidar (I’m also watchman)”, printed on them.
On Friday, Twitter user Payal Mehta tweeted that Train No. 12040, Kathgodam Shatabdi has tea served twice in ‘Main Bhi Chowkidar’ cups. Tagging the Election Commission Spokesperson and the Ministry of Railways, she asked, “Is this not violation of MCC?”. To this, Indian Railways Seva replied asking IRCTC North Zone to look into the matter.
A colleague shares how #MainBhiChowkidar branding is being used on train….
Train No. 12040 #KathgodamShatabdi has tea served twice in these cups!
Is this not violation of MCC??@RailMinIndia @SpokespersonECI @PiyushGoyal @ECISVEEP pic.twitter.com/hZjhCnUP9U
— Payal Mehta/પાયલ મેહતા/ पायल मेहता/ পাযেল মেহতা (@payalmehta100) March 29, 2019
The Indian Railways Seva replied to her tweeting saying that they were looking into the matter
Sorry for inconvenience, kindly provide your journey details and PNR no for taking further necessary action in the matter.
— IRCTC North Zone (@irctcnorthzone) March 29, 2019
The railways said that it was an “unintentional and inadvertent mistake”.
“Reports that tea has been served in cups labelled as “Main Bhi Chowkidar” have been investigated. This was without any prior approval of IRCTC. Explanation has been sought from supervisor/pantry in-charges over dereliction of duty,” an IRCTC(Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation) spokesperson told news agency PTI.
“A fine of Rs. 1 lakh fine has been imposed on the service provider. A showcause notice has also been served to the service provider for this misconduct,” the spokesperson said.
‘Main Bhi Chowkidar’ Campaign
It was launched by the BJP on March 20, and focuses on how people from different walks are guarding the country against various ills. The BJP campaign was initiated to integrate various schemes launched by the Narendra Modi government in the last five years.
ऐ देश मेरे…तेरा मैं भी चौकीदार।
— BJP (@BJP4India) March 20, 2019
The BJP has also given those in the video saffron colored ‘main bhi chowkidar’ caps, similar to the ‘Make America Great Again’ caps used in the 2016 Presidential campaign.
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