Is PM Modi’s picture not allowed in Kozhikode railway station? No! It’s been removed as a part of the MCC guidelines.

Claim

Platform number 4: Kozhikode (Kerala) Railway Station! A picture of the Indian Prime Minister is not allowed here!! The shop owner has blocked PM’s picture by pasting or covering it with paper. Please circulate this message until it reaches the concerned railway ministry.

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Explanation

A picture is purporting in X (previously Twitter) that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s picture in the railway station shop’s banner is covered with paper because it’s not allowed in Kerala’s Kozhikode railway station, and that the picture is taken from the fourth platform of the station. This post also requests the people to share the maximum to reach the Ministry of Railways, and so they can take action against the shop owner who covered the Prime Minister’s picture. 

The same viral post has been shared by Bharatiya Janata Party supporters and can be seen here, here, and here.

What’s the truth?

We ran a keyword search, and we found a tweet from Palakkad Division official X handle that, as per the Election Commission of India order, the Model Code of Conduct came into force, so they covered Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s image. 

Additionally, we also found a piece of news reported by The Times of India on March 23, 2024, that PM Modi’s photo was removed from the shop in the railway station due to the Model Code of Conduct guidelines for the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.

As soon as the MCC comes into effect, political parties in power at the centre and states must ensure the cessation of scheme advertisements and political campaigns. According to government officials, all political posters must be removed within 48 hours of the MCC taking effect. 

Also Read: Here’s why PM Modi’s image was removed from Covid Vaccination certificates.

 Conclusion 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s image was removed from Kozhikode railway station due to MCC guidelines, and it has been falsely shared and misled that Modi’s picture is not allowed in that shop by the shop owner.

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