PUNE: Deputy District Collector Surekha Mane on Wednesday directed all petrol pumps, Railways and public transport services to remove Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s posters due to the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) which has come into effect as the State Assembly elections are scheduled for October 21.
A notice issued by her office stated, “All public places, including Railways premises, bus depots and petrol pumps will remove the advertisements in which PM Modi’s photo appears. The order is only for the Pune district.”
Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) Secretary Sachin Sawant on Tuesday had written a letter to the Election Commission (SC) and the State government to remove all posters and banners displaying Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s picture from various districts of the State.
When contacted, Pune Railway Division Spokesperson Manoj Jhawar said, “As per the rule, whenever the MCC is implemented, the posters have to be removed or covered. The Railways is following all instructions issued by the Election Commission of India.”
Similarly, National Spokesperson of All India Petrol Dealers Association (AIPDA) Ali Daruwala said, “The petrol pumps have already started removing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s advertisements.”