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Centre ‘nudges’ petrol pumps to put 'Modi ki Guarantee' hoardings: Report

Mar 05, 2024 09:26 AM IST

The decision to put up the 'Modi ki Guarantee' hoardings has been taken on an informal "nudge" from the ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas

Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, the political parties are gearing up with their campaigns to contest with full flare. Amid this, state-run petrol pumps and fuel retailers have started replacing existing hoardings and banners of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led central government's welfare schemes with new ones displaying BJP's poll slogan 'Modi ki Guarantee' saying 'Modi's guarantee means a better life' along with the photo of PM giving cylinder to the beneficiaries of government's flagship scheme, Ujjwala Yojana.

PM Modi giving cylinder to the beneficiaries of government's flagship scheme, Ujjwala Yojana(File image)
PM Modi giving cylinder to the beneficiaries of government's flagship scheme, Ujjwala Yojana(File image)

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According to the report by The Times of India, the managers of all the state-run fuel outlets have been reportedly asked to "cooperate" to ensure the new flex hoardings are in place by Wednesday and to report to respective field officers if the hoarding vendors do not report at their assigned outlets.

The decision to put up the 'Modi ki Guarantee' hoardings has been taken on an informal "nudge" from the ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, and will cost the public sector fuel companies - IndianOil, Hindustan Petroleum and Bharat Petroleum, own or operate 90% of about 88,000 petrol pumps in the country - several hundred crores, the report added.

However, these hoardings would be removed once the Election Commission (ECI) announces the schedule for the much-awaited general elections and the model code of conduct comes into force. Earlier in March 2021, ahead of the assembly elections in West Bengal, Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, EC had, acting on a complaint from Trinamool Congress, asked petrol pumps to remove all hoardings carrying PM Modi's picture.

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came up with the poll slogan "Modi ki Guarantee" in the recently held legislative assembly elections of the five states including Rajasthan Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana and Mizoram where the saffron party emerged victorious in the three Hindi-belt states with a thumping majority.

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