A fresh controversy has erupted after a video of a police car carrying food packets with ‘NaMo’ logo went viral on social media. NaMo is the combination of the first two letters from Narendra Modi’s name. Lately, NaMo has gained popularity amongst BJP supporters particularly in the election season.
One user Atul, who identifies himself as a political observer, posted the video of the Uttar Pradesh Police personnel leaving the area after spotting journalists at a polling booth in Sector 15A. He wrote, “After Namo Chai NAMO Cap NAMO Merchandise Namo TV It is time for Namo food packete (sic) That too in polling team’s car.”
After Namo Chai
It is time for Namo food packete
That too in polling team’s car pic.twitter.com/f6peG72xER
— Atul (@secular_arrow) April 11, 2019
The same video was also shared by journalist Anurag Dhanda.
— Anurag Dhanda (@anuragdhanda) April 11, 2019
The use of anything that helps a political party’s publicity drive during voting is prohibited by the Election Commission’s Model Code of Conduct. Noida is the nighbouring city of Delhi. Union Minister Mahesh Sharma is seeking a reelection on a BJP ticket from here. Among other key candidates are Congress’ Arvind Kumar Singh the BSP’s Satveer Nagar, who is the candidate for the grand alliance.
Many social media users and journalists were quick to highlight that the food packets with NaMo name emblazoned on them had nothing to do with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. They argued that this was a name of an eatery in Sector-2 Noida.
The Election Commission has been inundated with complaints of poll code violations by the BJP and its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. On Wednesday, the national poll body had stopped the release of a biopic on Modi.