After the Election Commission (EC) ordered the removal of PM Narendra Modi’s image with housing and urban poverty alleviation minister M Venkaiah Naidu, on the website of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, it was taken down by the government immediately. As per the EC the picture on the website violated the model code of conduct.

EC wrote a letter to the Cabinet secretary dated February 11, that the depiction of photos of PM and the minister concerned from the website was a violation of the model code of conduct.

EC also asked the Cabinet secretary to ensure that such photographs were not used on other government websites.

The removal of the photo from the website was ordered by the Election Commission in view of the model code of conduct in force in poll-bound states including UP.