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Air India withdraws boarding passes with PM Modi's pics after criticism

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

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Air India said the passes featuring the photographs, which were third-party advertisements, would be withdrawn if they are found to be in violation of the Model Code of Conduct.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Air India said the passes featuring the photographs, which were third-party advertisements, would be withdrawn if they are found to be in violation of the Model Code of Conduct.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 has decided to "roll back" its boarding passes bearing photographs of and after they came in for criticism.

The had earlier said the passes, featuring the photographs which were third-party advertisements, would be withdrawn if they are found to be in violation of the Model Code of Conduct.

"Air has decided to roll back the boarding passes of Vibrant which had photos of the and the chief minister," said Air Dhananjay Kumar

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 Boarding Pass, prominently flashes Narendra Modi, "Vibrant Gujrat" & Picture of is below. Wonder why we are wasting public money on this Election Commission, which doesn't see, hear or speak...," he tweeted.

The said the boarding passes seemed to be printed during the 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 Summit and the photos are third-party advertisements. It has nothing to do with 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On March 20, tickets with photos of the were withdrawn by the railways after the complained to the about them.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 national transporter had instructed zones to withdraw the tickets.

First Published: Mon, March 25 2019. 13:40 IST
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