Petrol pumps in Delhi and adjoining areas have begun removing the hoardings of Prime Minister Narendra Modi from their premises after the Model Code of Conduct kicked in. This was after a BJP-run civic body in Delhi raised objections and wrote to the Centre’s Petroleum Ministry to order the removal of those hoardings from petrol pumps.
New Delhi Municipal Corporation had reportedly warned that it will approach the Election Commission if the Centre did not order the removal of those hoardings.
“All hoardings/standees carrying PM’s photo need to be removed from the retail outlets by 10 pm today. While we have advised vendors to remove the same, please arrange to remove yourself if they are not able to reach your retail outlet,” Indian Express later quoted a WhatsApp message issued by one Oil Marketing Company.
Message from another OMC read, “Please remove all Modiji flex from your retail outlet after confirming with your field officer, as the Model Code of Conduct has come in.”
Elsewhere, news agency ANI also reported that horadings carrying Modi’s smiling face had been removed from petrol pumps in Delhi. It claimed that All India Petroleum Dealers Association had issued advisory to 62,700 dealers across India asking them to remove hoardings, flex and banners carrying Modi’s photos.
In July last year, the three OMCs had asked fuel stations across the country to display hoardings of government schemes featuring Modi’s photo. The most advertised among the schemes was the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana.
The Election Commission had announced the poll dates for this year’s Lok Sabha polls, which will be held in seven phases with the counting being scheduled for 23 May.