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TMC writes to Election Commission over PM Modi’s photo on Covid-19 vaccination doc

India Today logo India Today 02-03-2021 Poulomi Saha
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The Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Tuesday wrote to the Election Commission of India (ECI) in connection with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's photo, name and message being used on digital Covid-19 vaccination certificates given to beneficiaries.

Earlier in the day, TMC MP Derek O'Brien put out a tweet saying that his party would approach the Election Commission (EC) over the issue, especially since the MCC has come into force post the announcement of election dates last week.

In his letter to Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora, TMC MP Derek O'Brien said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is "debarred from publicising his name and claiming credit in this manner through government's Co-WIN platform of vaccination" after dates for Assembly elections in four states and a Union Territory were announced.

He also urged the chief election commissioner to stop PM Modi from taking "unfair advantage and undue publicity at taxpayer's cost during the conduct of elections."

TMC Rajya Sabha MP and former Indian Medical Association (IMA) chief Santanu Sen termed the decision to place PM Modi's photo on the certificates given to those who have recieved the Covid vaccine a "publicity stunt". He also questioned why the prime minister took the vaccine shot without wearing the mask, which he says is against the World Health Organization(WHO) norms.

Sen added that when vaccinations were done in the past, no certificate carried the picture of the prime minister.

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