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Poll code impact: Nirmala Sitharaman avoids special aircraft, takes commercial flight to Delhi

Sitharaman, yesterday, participated in a function here, also avoided government car and escort vehicles and arrived at the airport in the car of a BJP leader, the party said.

lok sabha elections Updated: Mar 11, 2019 11:19 IST
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Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman avoided taking a special aircraft and chose a commercial flight to New Delhi from Chennai on Sunday as the model code of conduct came into effect with the announcement of Lok Sabha election schedule.(AFP)

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman avoided taking a special aircraft and chose a commercial flight to New Delhi from Chennai on Sunday as the model code of conduct came into effect with the announcement of Lok Sabha election schedule.

Sitharaman, yesterday, participated in a function here, also avoided government car and escort vehicles and arrived at the airport in the car of a BJP leader, the party said.

The Minister was scheduled to board a special aircraft but shortly before her departure time, the Election Commission announced the schedule for the seven-phase polls commencing on April 11 and imposed the Model Code of Conduct.

Sitharaman took a private carrier’s 8.40 pm flight to the national capital, the BJP said in a release.

Airport sources said she had also told officials not to come to the terminal to see her off.

Among other things, the code of conduct bars the government from announcing any policy move that may impact voters’ decision and restrains ministers from making use of official machinery or personnel.

First Published: Mar 11, 2019 10:50 IST