On board Shatabdi Express, chai pe BJP charcha: Cups have Modi, Shah photos

By Navjeevan Gopal  indianexpress.com

Passengers who reached for a cup of tea on the Shatabdi Express to Amritsar on Thursday would have found two familiar faces staring at them — along with an interesting appeal.

On these thick paper cups, many of which were found lying on the floor after the train pulled up in Amritsar at around 11pm, were photos of PM Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah.

There was also a toll free number and a few lines in Hindi that started like this: “Bhajpa ke sadasya banein saath aayein, desh banayein (Become a member of BJP come along, build the nation)”.

Behind these cups lies the story of a railway caterer with links to a New Delhi-based “NGO started in November 2014” that issued the ads, and an alleged mix-up in the supply of the cups. More info

 

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