EC notice to railways on use of cups with chowkidar slogan
"This particular cup was found on board 12040 Kathgodam Shatabdi. Tea was served twice in these cups"
The Election Commission is learnt to have issued a fresh show cause to the Railways, this time on the use of paper tea cups with "main bhi chowkidar" slogan.
As the image tweeted by a passenger went viral, railwayssaid they have withdrawn the cup andpenalised the contractor.
EC sources said Railways have been asked to explain theprima facie violation of the model code of conduct by Saturday evening. It hasalso been asked to explain the person responsible for it.
The EC is learnt to have invoked the 'party in power' clauseof the poll code in the case as it could be averred that party in power' isusing government transporter for election publicity.
"Reports that tea has been served in cups labelled as'main bhi chowkidar' have been investigated. This was without any prior approvalof IRCTC. Explanation has been sought from Supervisor/Pantry Incharges overlack of devotion to duty. One lakh fine has been imposed on the serviceprovider. Show cause notice has also been served to the service provider forthis misconduct," said IRCTC in a statement on Friday.
This particular cup was found on board 12040 KathgodamShatabdi. Tea was served twice in these cups.
This issue comes days after railways was found in violationof the MCC when it was found to be issuing tickets with PM Narendra Modi'spictures.
Later, railways said that it was an" unintentional andinadvertent mistake".