Food packets with “NaMo” branding were reportedly distributed to the police at a Noida polling booth today (April 11).
The incident sparked a row as election rules say any material related to political parties or candidates are prohibited within 200 metres of polling booths on Election Day.
In response to the “NaMo” food packets being distributed to the police at Sector 15A in Noida, SSP Vaibhav Krishna issued a clarification. He said that the allegations were wrong.
Vaibhav Krishna said, “There is some misinformation being spread that some policemen have been distributed food from a political party. This is absolutely wrong.”
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The SSP said that the food packets had been bought from a local food shop named “Namo” and has nothing to do with any political party.
“At local level some food packets were brought from Namo Food Shop and not from any political party. Some people are spreading wrong and politically motivated rumours. And there is no official order to get food from any particular food outlet,” Vaibhav Kumar said, according to a news website.
Noida, which falls under Uttar Pradesh’s Gautam Buddha Nagar constituency, is voting as part of the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections today.