Two railway officials were suspended after passengers at Barabanki railway station in Uttar Pradesh were issued railway tickets with pictures of PM Modi printed on it. Additional District Magistrate said the old roll was mistakenly used.
- Tickets continued to be in circulation despite EC’s announcement of withdrawing them
- The ticket had details of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana scheme printed at the back
- The supervisor said the roll with PM Modi’s picture was inserted in the printing machine by mistake
Two railway officials were suspended on Monday (April 15), after passengers at Barabanki railway station in Uttar Pradesh were issued railway tickets with pictures of PM Modi printed on it.
In a statement to news agency ANI, the Additional District Magistrate said, “On 13 April, when the shift changed, the old roll was mistakenly used. Two employees are suspended, department probe are underway.”
Indian Railways had said that it would withdraw the tickets with PM Modi’s picture on it in order to avoid charges of poll-code violations. However, the tickets continued to be in circulation even after the announcement.
A ticket issued to a passenger on Sunday displayed PM Modi’s photo and details of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana scheme printed at the back.
Talking to NDTV, the passenger who noticed PM Modi’s picture on the ticket said, I tried to complain to the supervisor but I was rebuked and asked to leave. As a last resort, I called up some people in the media.
A supervisor later explained that a paper roll with PM Modi’s photo was inserted into the printing machine “by mistake”.
Earlier, Trinamool Congress leaders Derek O’Brien, Sukhendu Sekhar Ray and Chandan Mitra had accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of the poll-code violation, after railway tickets were sold with PM Modi’s photo on it. The Indian Railways had then announced the withdrawal of the tickets following the Election Commission’s direction.
Last month, the BJP was accused of violating the Model Code of Conduct after a photo showing teacups with Mein Bhi chowkidar slogan on it went viral. Mein Bhi chowkidar is the BJP’s campaign slogan. Following the charges, Indian Railways said that it had withdrawn the glasses and fined the contractor with Rs 1 lakh.