Kerala polls: 'Remove PM Modi's photo from COVID vaccine certificates', DYFI petitions EC

The poll panel had directed all petrol outlets and other agencies to remove hoardings advertising Centre's schemes and carrying images of Modi citing violation of the model code of conduct

Press Trust of India March 04, 2021 20:32:20 IST
Kerala polls: 'Remove PM Modi's photo from COVID vaccine certificates', DYFI petitions EC

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Thiruvananthapuram: A Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) leader on Thursday lodged a complaint with the Election Commission demanding the removal of the image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi from the COVID-19 vaccination certificate, issued to people in poll-bound Kerala.

In the brief letter, Midhun Shah, who is also the state co-coordinator of the Kerala State Youth Commission, pointed out that the model code of conduct was already in force in the southern state, where the Assembly election is scheduled on 6 April.

"The certificate, issued for receiving the free COVID-19 vaccine in the state, carries a photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and excerpts of his speech. As it may influence the election procedure, I request you to take the necessary steps to remove it," he said. Shah later said that the complaint was lodged based on the provisional certificate which he got after receiving the shot at a vaccination centre here this morning.

"As the state-coordinator of the Youth Commission, I received the first dose of the vaccine this morning. I was surprised to see the Prime Minister's colour photo
and wordings in it. I feel it is a violation of model code of conduct and so approached the EC seeking its removal," he told PTI.

The EC had on Wednesday directed all petrol outlets and other agencies to remove hoardings advertising central government schemes and carrying images of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, from the premises within 72 hours, citing violation of the model code of conduct.

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