Election Commission to ask Railways to remove Mamata's photos

Election Commission to ask Railways to remove Mamata's photos

"We will be writing to the General Managers of Eastern Railway, South Eastern Railway, Metro Railway and the Commissioner of Kolkata Municipal Corporation to remove the photographs of any living political leader from the government office premise," Additional Chief Electoral Officer N K Sahana told reporters here today.

"The letter will be sent tomorrow after the CEO returns from Delhi and they will have to report within three days from receiving the letter," Sahana said.

"The decision came after we received a complaint from the CPI(M) that Mamata Banerjee's photographs are being displayed in Railway premises," Sahana said.

In a communication to the Chief Election Commissioner last month, Bose alleged that Trinamool Congress Chief Mamata Banerjee's photographs were being displayed in Railway premises, which was a gross violation of Model Code of Conduct and demanded appropriate steps to be taken by the Election Commission.

"This is a glaring example of the use of government property and power for the purpose of election campaign," Bose added.

West Bengal will go for a six-phase assembly poll beginning April 18.