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After railway tickets, now boarding pass of Air India has PM Modi's pics

On March 20, tickets with photos of the prime minister were withdrawn by the railways after the Trinamool Congress complained to the Election Commission about them

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Air India said the passes featuring the photographs, which were third-party advertisements, would be withdrawn if they are found to be in violation of the Model Code of Conduct.  |  Photo: Twitter (@shashikantips54)
Air India spokesperson Dhananjay Kumar said the boarding passes seemed to be one printed during the Vibrant Gujarat Summit held in January and the photographs were part of the advertisement from 'third parties' | Photo: Twitter (@shashikantips54)

A issued by Air with pictures of and Chief Minister Vijay has come under criticism, days after the PM's photo on railway tickets created a furore.

The said the passes featuring the photographs, which were third-party advertisements, would be withdrawn if they are found to be in violation of the Model Code of Conduct.

Former Punjab DGP on Monday tweeted a photograph of his issued at the airport, questioning how pictures of the two leaders could be on it.
 

"airport today March 25th, 2019. My Air Boarding Pass, prominently flashes Narendra Modi, "Vibrant Gujrat" & Vijay Picture of boarding pass is below. Wonder why we are wasting public money on this Election Commission, which doesn't see, hear or speak...," he tweeted.

said the boarding passes seemed to be one printed during the Vibrant Summit held in January and the photographs were part of the advertisement from 'third parties'.

"The rolls seem to be the ones left over from the boarding passes printed during the Vibrant Summit and the photos are third-party advertisements. It has nothing to do with

"However, we are scrutinising if third-party ads fall within the purview of the Model Code of Conduct. If they do, these will be withdrawn. These boarding passes are not just for Gujarat, but are in use across India,"Kumar said.

On March 20, tickets with photos of the were withdrawn by the railways after the complained to the about them.

The railways had also said that it was a third-party ad and leftover from a pack of tickets printed a year earlier. The transporter had instructed zones to withdraw the tickets.

First Published: Mon, March 25 2019. 11:55 IST
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