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PM Modi’s photo scrapped from Corona vaccine certificates in poll-bound states: Reports

By Saima Siddiqui 
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PM Modi’s photo scrapped from Corona vaccine certificates in poll-bound states: Reports

New Delhi: Following a complaint by the Trinamool Congress to Election Commission over non-compliance of Model Code of Conduct by the BJP party, the Union health ministry, on Thursday, reportedly applied filters in its Co-Win platform in poll-bound states and union territory to exclude the photo of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi from the Covid-19 vaccine certificates.

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In a letter to the Election Commission on March 9, Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan had reportedly said that “technical measures to comply with the directions of EC have been explored promptly.” 

As suggested by the Commission, “necessary filters” in Co-Win have been applied for all the vaccination centres in the four states of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Puducherry.

Reacting to TMC’s complaint, the poll panel in a letter written to the health ministry on Thursday said the provisions of the Model Code of Conduct should be scrupulously followed in letter and spirit without mentioning referring to any individual or personality. 

As per EC’s December 24, 2004, instruction, images of living political functionaries on government advertisements that seek or purport to project their achievements should be removed while the Model Code of Conduct is in force.

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“No political functionary can use public resources…to enhance his own personal image,” EC had said. 

It had also suggested the use of filters in the Co-Win platform to exclude the photo of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Covid-19 certificates being given to people in the poll-bound states and the UT. 

The model code of conduct had come into force in – Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry on February 26, the day the EC rolled out poll dates for all these 4 states and 1 union territory.

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